Ok, so I’ve admitted it.
I really struggle to finish any book I start. I don’t know why.
Here’s my incriminating history:
S – Sci-fi – Was plotted so finely I knew everything that was going to happen. I wrote in a bizarre style where I would write whichever chapter or scene took my fancy like the last chapter I wrote when my hub had just deployed so I could channel all that emotion, but when it came to knit it all together I couldn’t. Plus I realised how rubbish it was.
TS – Sci-fi – Was again plotted, but after receiving feedback I changed the piece so much it didn’t feel like mine anymore and I got overwhelmed with the knock on effect I knew it would have on the ten’s of thousands of words that followed it.
CB&S – chick-lit – I know where I want it to go, but can’t seem to get it there. I’ve tried to not to write a detailed plot to see if that’s my down fall but I now feel lost in the sticky middle.
I know the title and the rough arc of my next book…
IADD – chick-lit – I’ve jotted down my ideas so I don’t lose them, but I resisting every fibre in my body not to run off and write it.
Any tips on getting past the sticky middle?
It makes me lose drive, and when I look at my fellow NOMADS who are storming ahead with writing and editing, and then I look at myself and I can make of excuses to why I’m so stretched for time, but they are just that, excuses.
The reality is I’m stuck. Like with S when I got stuck I jumped to the next part I felt I could write, and ended up with a jumble of scenes that I couldn’t knit together. Or TS if I make a change to the bits I’ve already written will it overwhelm me to edit the rest of it. Or maybe I just keep taking the easy route out and start writing beginnings.
I’ve always favoured beginnings, my favourite Lord of the Ring’s is the Fellowship of the Ring, where the Fellowship is established. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, when Harry is getting ready for Hogwarts…maybe I’m a beginning junkie.
My name is Natalie and I’m a beginning junkie… so how do I break the cycle…