Following the release of Shallow Waters in December last year I have been informing readers that I hope to have DI Hannah Robbins 2 out in the summer this year as it is already partly written. This was a perfectly fine deadline.
That was until I hit a complete brick wall…
I’m working in Scrivener so that I can move chapters around at will. I have a full synopsis and know where the story is going and was happily working away on it, using that ability to move chapters, to allow me to write part of one person’s timeline rather than writing the whole, in chronological order. It was working well and I was enjoying it.
But then I started to feel it was coming unstuck….
I had too much freedom. How was I going to piece this damn puzzle back together again? I kept looking at my synopsis, looking at what I had written; part chronological and part out of sequence and wondered how to put it all together. I still had more to write for the characters and didn’t know how to fit it in, especially if I couldn’t even fit in what I’d already written! OMG, what had I done writing out of order?
I stopped writing. I became unglued. Detached from the story. Two weeks just thinking about it but not typing a word.
But here’s the thing I want to say today if you write. Trust that process. I know there are a lot of posts and articles; advice, out there, telling you to put your bum in the seat and type, but sometimes it can work against you. Stepping back and leaving your mind to sort it out can work.
Yesterday morning I was doing the ironing, listening to a podcast as I do when I iron, when I was suddenly struck by a eureka moment on how this novel was going to be structured. And it made perfect sense. It made emotional sense for all the characters and would read properly. I had to run off and leave the ironing to write down what had come to me before I lost it again.
Now I can start to type again because, for the last two weeks, I have been working, just not typing, my mind has been in the background figuring it all out for me.
This post was brought to you as part of Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group which posts on the first Wednesday of each month. Joining means you get to meet fellow writers who are willing to share and encourage every single month. What’s not to love.
A quick aside, I need to post this here to claim my blog on Bloglovin as I notice a lot of people read blogs through that now.