Today the First Chapter of the prequel book has been completed to a rough draft. It's been rough going with a number of life events getting in the way, along with a weird lack of clarity for how I should end the chapter. Yet, as I took a recent walk, not really listening to my headphones and not really paying attention to the scenery around me I was struck by inspiration and clarity. I saw the entire final section of the Chapter play out, leaving me with the strong conclusion sequence I long for in my work.
As for page count it's the longest opening chapter in the series, and will probably retain that status over the course of my work. I would guess that it represents roughly 20% of the entire book, meaning i'm somewhere around 25% through the draft. As I progress onward I feel more confident having gotten through a particularly bothersome section and moving on to a section that I've written a ton of notes for and have mostly mapped my way through.
My most favorite aspect of working on this project has been seeing these new characters really come to life.