I was hit with a huge roadblock which I've tried to ignore for the past week, resulting in no advancement of my word count. I thought, any day now inspiration will hit and I'll achieve another 10,000 word day. But no... time dragged on, and my MS stuck stubbornly on 65,000 words. Plot advancement at an all time death. Characters who had no idea what they wanted to happen next.
So, I bit the bullet.
I went through my chapters and wrote a brief summary of each. Making notes - finding a few plot holes... and trying to figure out how the hell this story will wrap itself up.
I have officially:
2 characters with different POV's
2 main plots
1 terrible, lurking death of a problem
lots of lust
and no idea how they all link together.
Now I have a barely legible notepad full of notes and chapter summaries, and I have a niggle of an idea on how to go from here. I want to slap my forehead for wasting so much time. I prided myself on being a pantster but today that style had to morph a little. I had to plot.
Hopefully tomorrow I will advance my word count from 65,000 to 75,000.... fingers crossed!!
Have you ever had to amend your writing style? I feel like I failed in some way, that my imagination wasn't up to the test.