Over the last week, I set my self a goal to finish an important section of my novel. This section gets me closer to starting on the middle sections. I was overwhelmed by the excitement I felt when I ACTUALLY completed it and that is because I realised what I had overcome as I struggled to type it out. Click Read More to find out more about my obstacles!
1. I didn’t plan it through.
I was writing an important part about what happens to my characters to set them onto their path. I took out my journal and I thought about how I wanted the events to go, as well as the order. However, when I came to type it, I realised I never truly thought about how the fight/battle scene would go, or the particular characters that could be introduced. As I wrote I came to the realisation that this was a pivotal moment. The good guy first meets the bad guy. However, this is not how I thought the scene would go. In my last post I mentioned that sometimes, I do not write the scenes but they write me or here they wrote themselves. I came to this conclusion that the villain could be introduced here because I knew (but the character didn’t) that the ambush was his doing. I then thought, when did I plan on introducing him? I realised that I had not even thought of it yet! How on earth did that significant piece of the puzzle get overlooked? Nevertheless, that I never even thought about what his motivations were, why he needed certain artefacts or how his actions tie in completely. I was doing my old, yeah I will get to it when the time comes.
I stopped then and there, to start working on this character and once I did the scene just blossomed! I wrote down exactly how I wanted the battle scene to play out and then I typed up the images in my head.
2. I had an epiphany!
I love it, but I hate it! I had a new idea for an old novel.
I was working on a story before I started my current novel. I had already commenced on typing out the first scenes of that story, but again I did not create a plot and I never could figure out where it would go. I just wrote. I am pretty sure that this idea came from a dream as the rest do, but I cannot remember it, because I recall that I was frustrated as to my lack of direction. One night while writing, I had the dream that lead me to my current story and I completely abandoned it.
A few weeks ago, I was on Facebook and saw the author of Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice had shared an article she found interesting about how thousands of years ago humans had bred with their common ancestor to make a mixed species. I found the idea tantalising and so I kept it. Slowly, an idea organically began to grow in the back of my mind, what if something like that happened in my old story? I became obsessed with it! I could not get enough of imagining this new take on my previous idea with the same characters but a different plot line. It evolved quickly, and turned into something epic! I wanted to write it! I still want to stop everything and write it now! Everywhere I went, I saw the scenes playing out before me as I drove my car, talked to other people and did work. It was ridiculous. I even went to bed early every night, just so that I could imagine it. I went to the shops straight away and bought a journal to write the overview, as well as scenes that I envisioned.
Then I stopped, I realised that I could not do this. I needed to stay focused on my book. I couldn’t just quit on it when a new idea came to me. There is no reason why I couldn’t come back to it later once I was on my eight week break, after I complete my first draft. I still think about it now, a week later, but I ended up finishing my particular chapter. So I have put it on the shelf until I have time to do it, but I still feel the characters pulling at me.
This happened before, in mid-2014. I had an EXTREMELY vivid dream and I was obsessed with it (as I am with this one) for a week. I did the same thing, I wrote it down and moved on. Although, the funny thing is the dream/story was completely different from anything else I have ever done. It was a classic fiction story. Who knows when I will write it, but I will. I think it is good for a change of pace. Now, that I think about it, I am sure that you all will hear me talking about this particular struggle again one day.
So, I want to know, what have you all been struggling with in your writing lately? Is it similar to mine? Or, is it completely different? I would love to hear what you have been experiencing!