I have been struggling with the “middle” part of my book for some time. Spending a lot of time reworking the outline time and again. Differing plot lines, subplots, new characters. Nothing seemed to work. Then, yesterday morning, I woke up and there it was: a new subplot that weaves in nicely, adds tension and suspense, resolves the forward movement of the main plot, and is perfectly legitimate to the story line. Wow. I emitted a sigh of relief and felt the surge of refreshed excitement.
As writers, we can be battered by our stories. It’s no wonder that first novel is often never finished. You hit a wall and bang your head against it over and over till the blood is streaming down your face and you writhe in pain. Then, without notice or ceremony, the wall just suddenly crumbles and the view beyond opens up new possibilities and resolutions! Graphic, yes; true, for me it’s a resounding YES! Fortunately, I have some great support and I am not one to give up.
Of course, you have to go through all this pain to allow the resolution to formulate. For me, some of this new subplot contains small elements of some ideas I came up with while outlining, repeatedly. So all that battering is not futile. Just painful. You think you’re never going to come up with another decent idea, then wham! The idea hits you over the head and you feel better! At least I do. I know that all the work is worthwhile and not every idea will be great. But it does keep your juices flowing so you can get to the good ideas.
So, be battered, be in pain, but don’t give up. The writing is important and necessary. The book is important and necessary. So, stick with it and reap the benefits. No matter what, continuing the writing keeps the idea mill working and the rewards will pay out!
(Also posted on my other blog: https://andreahunter313.wordpress.com)