March hasn’t been easy for me when it comes to writing but I put my foot down with myself. I looked at my word count spreadsheet for the month and figured out how much I would need to write each day to get 10K words before the end of the month. I’ve been working really hard to keep up. I’m slightly behind, but not by much.
Sitting at my desk at my apartment has also helped me focus more than sitting down on the couch. I’m going to make it to my goal.
There are many authors who agree that the middles are the worst.
As you may remember, I was so excited at the end of December that I’d finished Act I of my WIP. I felt confident that I could work hard and finish the book within a few months.
I went through what I had plotted out, then my mind went into frustration mode. I knew that I was working towards my midpoint but had absolutely no idea what my protagonist was going to deal with in the space in between. I had a general idea but nothing concrete. I felt like I was stuck in thick mud.
To add to the struggle, I had no idea what would be going on in the chapters that were in the POV of my second MC.
The middles are hard because there’s excitement for the beginning and then the ending is something you (usually) know and are working towards. The middles are where lots of crap happens to the protagonist. It’s the struggle of writing what will lead you to the ending you’re planning on.
I’ve been shoving through these middles and even though it’s been slower moving, I finally have an idea for what’s going to happen in the chapters leading up towards my important midpoint. I’m back in my chapter by chapter outline and I know what things I’m going to put in each chapter for the most part.
So if you’re feeling stuck, you can push through the mud and end up with something awesome 🙂
Flashbacks are things that need to be done sparingly and only if they are necessary for character development and/or moving the plot forward.
Currently I’m using some flashbacks in my manuscript and I need to think a lot about which scenes to use because they need to be useful. It’s not easy and makes getting words down a struggle but I’m moving forward as best as I can.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a pantser and it’s made things difficult with writing this trilogy. I’ve tried different methods of plotting but none of them have worked for me other than to get me to say, I know what major events are coming up.
This has changed now.
I was on Pinterest the other day and saw a pin talking about J.K. Rowling’s outline style. This intrigued me so I went and looked at the blog post.
The writer showed Rowling’s outline from a segment of Order of the Phoenix and said what the columns meant.
Chapter number, when it happens, chapter title, what happens as part of the main plot in that chapter, what happened with various subplots.
I figured I’d try it and it’s helped me so much! I’m currently on the 6th chapter in writing it and I’m 10 chapters ahead of that in plotting. This setup helps me figure out how things should happen next as I go between big events.
I know have a clear path and will help me to keep moving forward.