Monday, 2 January 2012

The Fregoli Delusion: Progress Report #3

I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed a happy and safe holiday season. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2012!

In keeping with my promise to update readers on the progress of The Fregoli Delusion, the third in the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series, I should tell you that I spent less time at the keyboard the last few days than I'd wished, but just the same the manuscript has moved forward. I completed Chapter 5 as planned. I've moved on to Chapter 6, which is going to be a tougher nut to crack. For some reason, I had a little difficulty with this chapter when I was outlining it, perhaps because it has a level of technical detail, in terms of police procedure, that's slowing me down a bit. In the last two days I've only produced five pages, but within those five pages there is a fair bit of problem-solving related to the storyline, and I'm satisfied it's going in the right direction.

The two previous days, of course, were family-related days, since it was New Year's Day, and family always has first priority. Being away from the story slowed me down a bit and took me out of the early rhythm I'd developed, but the few hours I spent today bulling through a couple of pages will hopefully go a long way toward recapturing that rhythm. This is when writing is work. A book is such an up-and-down thing. The key is to remain determined. I will tell this story. Bear with me. It's coming.


  1. Slow progress is still progress Michael! Just ask someone who hasn't made any at all.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Lan. Hang in there, it'll come. m