What am I talking about?
Well ever since we got the results back from the New Voices competition last year I have been banging away on a single title manuscript and while it's going okay I sorta got stuck.
And I know that getting stuck, or writer's block, or whatever you like to call it can mean one or so of several things:
- You've gone down the wrong path and this is your psyche's way of telling you that you've taken a wrong turn; or
- You're trying to make your characters do things they just wouldn't do; or
- You haven't planned enough, plotting enough or you suck as a pantser; or
- You need a break to weigh up which of the above is the correct answer and decide what to do about it.
And it used to be fun. And I want it to be fun again.
I still like my story. I still love the characters. And I still believe that it's appealing and so worth writing. I'm just stuck.
So aside from moaning about it, what am I going to do? Well this is where the torn between two covers reference becomes clearer: I've started writing another category. I'm plotting at the moment but I have written the opening scene.
I had to because the imagery just wouldn't leave me alone. It plagued me like the memory of some nefarious act I had committed while under the influence of something noxious and hammered my resistance with seductive whisperings and flirty images.
And anyone who knows me knows that I'm no good at resisting temptation.
So I caved and started writing. And now I'm in love with two other characters. I'm so fickle!
But I'm having fun again. And right now (can you believe I almost typed 'write now'? Whoa! Freudian or what?) anyway right now I need to be able to just let 'er rip and write myself into happiness and then once firmly ensconced in that state I will then tackle the big question of What Is Wrong With My Manuscript.
Sounds like a plan to me. So let me introduce you to my new word counter. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Evan and Leila.