It's been a while since I did one of these, so I figured it was time. With roughly a chapter left to do, the writing is just about done. I've been pretty heavily editing as I go, but there's still a bit to do on that end and honestly it may not really need to be done at all.
The thing about this book and why it's taking longer to write than the last 3 is due to its style change. Where most writers (at least those that I've spoken to) find it difficult to write from a first person perspective, I do not. I enjoy it quite a bit. It's more psychological, less flashy, more to the point and if done correctly, it'll give the reader a much better understandig of the character(s). After all, you're seeing it through their eyes.
For me, third person narrative seems to be harder to do. It requires a heavier dosage of metaphor, anaology, etc... to be enjoyable, but not so heavy as to come out poetic. That's not an easy line to find and from what I gather, it changes with the audience, the writer and even the story.
Oddly enough, I'm finding this more challenging than flipping perspectives during a fight scene (something I did in book 2 and a little in 3). I think it might be that I don't generally write in this fashion and I'm probably being more critical of myself than I should be. Honestly, it feels a lot like writing my first book all over again. The best comparison I can give you would be starting a new job (one you actually want). Those first few days you don't want to mess up, you double/triple check everything you're doing....it's stressful. That's how this feels. I think once I get some beta readers to check it out and get some feedback I'll calm back down and not worry about it so much. Until then, the going is a little slow. On the bright side, at least you know I care and don't think everything I do is gold!