I finished the first draft of Sister Soul this weekend. Writing the end of a story was a new experience, since I've known how everything would wrap up for weeks now. It was just a matter of moving to that finish line step by step.
Because the plot is more linear, I find myself able to concentrate on other elements of the writing, including subtext, character, dialog, and scene. I think this book has been what I needed to improve on some skills.
What's Peanut eating? Toothpaste. He got a good brushing last night. He's learned to tolerate me scraping his teeth with a weird bristled object.