Turns out the last scene of Chapter 6 was shorter than I had imagined it would be, but it's basically just internal conflict of one of the main characters, and so that can't go on too long. About 250 words is long enough to get the important ideas across without stating anything too baldly or repeating myself. That's is good: I'm learning brevity. This is the first pure "thinking scene" that I've had in this book, and I'm glad it was very short. I generally try to avoid scenes like this for a variety of reasons, but in this limited case I felt it was necessary and appropriate. I imagine that this will be the last such scene in this book.
The first 220 words of Chapter 7 are also a little bit slower-than-average, but then all hell breaks loose and things should be going strong and fast for a while yet. I'm well into the hell-breaking-loose section already, so I'm really pleased with that. I'm going to need to do more preplanning for the coming scenes and chapters, but I'm really excited about writing them. It's a nice change of pace to feel excited about writing again, as I did today, rather than feeling like it's a difficult chore I know I have to get to. That's a really good feeling.
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