June 3rd, 2012

There are times when you just have to skip ahead. I found myself in that situation after getting no work done on Phantom Warriors: Linx for over four days. I couldn’t figure out what was preventing me from writing (beyond procrastination). I’d charted the book out, which is something I do for all my books these days. The story seemed like it was going well, then BAM!!! Face first into a road block. (I’m pretty sure my nose was bleeding. I hit it that hard.) So I sat, staring at the first three chapters I’d written unable to proceed. I’m a very linear writer. I have to know where the story begins and how it ends before I can write a book.

On Friday, the frustration reached a breaking point and I gave up. I decided to jump ahead. The move worked. I wrote 1100 words on Friday and 3K yesterday. I still have no idea what’s going into chapter four. I’ve gotten hints from chapter five, but not any fully formed ideas. The notecard is clear, but my characters aren’t cooperating. I don’t think it helps that chapter four is a turning point in my characters’ relationship. They are strangers, who have to not only build a tremendous amount of trust in that chapter, but they also have to realize there’s a simmering attraction happening. Both characters are digging in their proverbial heels and not cooperating. Which is weird since the next chapter had them consciously trusting each other and doing some pretty wild stuff.

I’m not going to worry about it. (Okay, I’m trying not to worry about it.) I will just keep writing as if chapter four is done and I’ll go back to it, once I finish the rest of the book. Hopefully something will come to mind in the meantime. Oh the joys of writing…

4 comments to “THERE ARE TIMES…”

  1. That’s the ticket, my friend. Keep writing. I respect the storyboard approach, but can’t for the life of me do it. It would seem a block is imminent at every step, but I know many of my friends use it with ease and success. I’m sure there are moments though where you just have to strike on. This may have been such for you. It’ll all work out in the end. 🙂

  2. Bernard, Your words must’ve reached my subconscious because today I ‘found’ chapter four. The attraction was subtle–probably not nearly enough–but the plot rolled forward. I have my fingers and toes crossed that the next 17K or so comes out as easily as the last two days.

    Woo hoo! So relieved.

  3. Rah! Whatever works. I’m glad you got the story moving!

  4. Charli, I hit about the halfway mark last night, so things should move along now. Me, too. I was starting to worry there for a while.