There are plenty of days when I wonder if I will EVER finish my novel. When I’ve gone at a scene so many times that I’m convinced the whole thing must be a dud. But there is something about the story I’m working on right now that I can’t let go of. In fact the ending is as clear as any shooting script – in my mind anyway. So one way or another I am determined to find the perfect story arc to bring this one home.
Today, however, is a day of the happy dance. I feel one step closer to my ultimate goal.
After a rocky start, the stars aligned and I finally nailed a chapter that has been a thorn in my side for months. I feel like a bottle of bubbly someone has given a good hard shake. Maybe I can write this story after all!
This break-through has been building all week. It all boiled down to connecting with one of my POV characters.
Last week, I drafted a shocker of a chapter which I shared at my writing group. It’s a small group, and very supportive, so instead of awkward throat clearing or uncomfortable silences, my friends reminded me what they loved about this particular character. (And trust me they had to look hard to find any good traits in that draft).
But what they said reminded me how lovely and very likeable this girl is. She is the softer half of another character hell-bent on having his way. So she brings some well-needed light, in what can at times be a dark story.
When I got hold of what they were saying, and really connected with her, the scene finally worked.
So good day today. Words on paper. Story on track. Something to look back upon if the road ahead proves rocky!
Where are you on the journey? Are you stuck? Struggling? Or doing your own happy dance? I’d love to hear from you.