First the good news: I think I have the ending figured out for this story. It seems to wrap up the major conflicts of the novel in a way organic to the plot. The characters aren't kicking up a fuss, so they must agree with me too. :) I also think I can wrap it up in another 20-30K no problem. At my typical chapter length, that's about 7-9 chapters.
Now the bad news: The story will require a sequel. There is no way I can do justice to the political and social intrigue raised in this book and bring it to full resolution in those 20-30K. It's a big, sweeping story that spans two radically different cultures. The current WIP takes place primarily in one of the two countries. The sequel (how I cringe when I write that word) will take place in the other country.
I know all the wise counsel. An unpublished writer shouldn't tackle a book that cannot be completed in one volume. It's just not marketable. I know. Really. All of the other three novels are stand alones. And I tried. Honest, I tried to shoehorn this into one book. And every time I try to outline the plot in that way, I hit a brick wall and the writing grinds to a painful halt.
And the truth is, I want a break from the intensity of this world and its conflicts. I plan to finish "Heal Thyself," broad brush outline its companion volume, then write something else for a little while.
How's things with you all out there in writer-land?