new work in progress is moving again

I managed a little over a thousand words on my new work in progress last night. This brings me up to 24,000 words and the story and characters are beginning to fall into place. Pacing is always a problem for me in first drafts--it's one of those techniques that I have to feel my way through.

That and characterization.

I always know what I want my characters to be like, but sometimes events and personalities take interesting turns when I actually start writing a scene from a particular character's point of view.

Last night I wrapped up my first chapter from Miguel's point of view. The chapter took an ugly turn that I hadn't expected.

Lo siento, Miguel.

I'm afraid it only gets worse from here on out ...