I've reached a crucial point in The Concrete Grove. Not in terms of plot, or word count, or anything like that - no, what's happened is that I've reached the stage where I can finally hear the rhythm of the prose. To me, good writing has its own music, its own beat, and when I'm working on a novel the whole story comes alive once I start to hear that music.
It happened last night, when I wrote this:
Tom waited there until the sun turned the sky in the east a light shade of red, like blood smeared along the blade-edge of the horizon. Then, his face still wet with tears, he started the car and set off towards home, where he now realised his heart had never truly belonged.
It isn't much, just a short paragraph, but behind those lines I can hear music. The heartbeat of the novel. For me, it's a heartbreakng moment, an incredible moment. It's the moment when I realise I might, just might, be creating something good. Or at least something that isn't bad.