Just finished up a good bit of writing: Just shy of a thousand words, net, on the current mystery story, A Stab in the Dark, after going back and making some revisions based on my notes from the plane. Adding a character (now Sgt. Van Rijn) was very much the right thing to do, the writing is going much more smoothly now.
I now have all the logical pieces: A motive for each suspect, a plausible way each suspect could have done it, and, naturally, an UNBREAKABLE ABILI for each suspect 😉 The funny thing is, I’ve managed to pull in my academic research in a very interesting way. I’ll elaborate later — I need to find a place to put spoilery-type discussions of these pieces, either for people who have read them, or people who don’t care. Anyone familiar with WordPress have ideas?
Anyway, the first draft is nearly done. It’s very rough. For example, I still have characters named things like “Killer” and “Deadman”. One of those might cause problems on the suspense front. But the plot is all present and most of the scenes are there. It’s currently 5,500 words long. Looks to come in around 7,000 words for the first draft, and I bet I can shave that down toward 6k once I have a read-through, which was my original estimate for the piece.