I’ve become stuck on my recent project. I don’t know where it broke. What happened or how to fix it.
The one thing that I did different from the previous project is I didn’t think this on through.
I didn’t plan. I didn’t plot. I didn’t create a pathway to get where I need to be; where the story needs to be.
I’ve been writing a dozen short stories over the holiday break, and maybe that’s why I thought I could wing it with a longer form story.
It hasn’t worked and I can’t go back to writing multiple drafts again.
I have the story I finished before Thanksgiving and I’ll work on improving that one.
It’s strange how you write one way for so long, then you start a new way and it’s like finding the holy grail.
I’ve written 10 novels and eight of those were written by pantsing. The other two I either wrote a beat sheet or did an outline and it’s those latter ones that I feel are my best work.
They have a better flow through, a better story, character development, but after using and outline and beat sheet, I’ve gone back to a few of those and discovered what went wrong and fixed it.
I’m querying one of them right now. It’s out with three agents.
This year I want to push what scares me and that leads into a conversation I had with my wife the other day about the current slate of horror. But I’ll talk about that on Wednesday.
Enjoy the first full week of the new year.