So I am halfway through Book One of The Gnostic, and am writing on chapter 26. It’s coming along really well! The characters are starting to make their own decisions now, which is a combination of cool and weird. My technique does not have me agonizing over words as I write; they just sort of flow on their own, and I read them afterwards to decide if I want to keep them or not. Sometimes I am surprised by what a character says or does, and it literally feels unnatural when I try to make them do something that doesn’t fit them. It’s a strange process.
I have not been doing much writing outside of The Gnostic; mostly just vignettes involving characters in the novel to flesh them out. I have put a lot of thought towards novels in my Singularity Age universe, and even outlined one. After I am done with Book One I intend to get started on the rough draft for the first Singularity Age novel. I probably won’t finish it, with Book Two of The Gnostic being the priority, but it will be a nice change of scenery for me.
As an aside, I started using a spreadsheet for developing my chapter outlines. It works really well for that!