I'm making great progress on the book but I doubt I'll make my deadline for the end of February. I'll give it my best shot but I'm not going to kill myself in the process. And I want it to be good.
Writing had been really enjoyable and helped massively by having four main characters. If I'm struggling in one area, I can hop to another POV to keep the momentum going. I like all the characters as well — they feel very different.
On one podcast of The Bestseller Experiment, John Connolly warned about the attraction of the new - how a new idea will come along and tempt you from what you're trying to write and said these new ideas must be avoided until you've finished what you're writing.
Funnily enough, I've had that happen to me. I've had a great idea for dear old Nathaniel Rane. He was the main character in my first book, CRY HAVOC, and I used him again in HE WHO FIGHTS. It's tempting to abandon WE ARE THE DEAD to chase this new idea because it feels so good but I must resist. It can wait until after WATD is finished.
However I have been playing with it a bit in my drawing as a way of feeding the itch just a bit.
Instead of doing random drawings/sketches, I'm thinking about telling a story about Rane, comic book style....