There are certain moments in the process of writing where I find myself digging my heels in.
The first one comes when I’ve finished my initial plot summary and I know it’s time to start writing. My idea is fully formed. I’m already in love with a couple of my characters.
But I’m afraid to start.
It’s like I have stage fright. My characters are all standing around, arms crossed and glaring at me like ‘are you gonna write this thing or not? We’ve got stuff to do.’
Once I finally get over that hurdle, I LOVE the process. Writing a first draft is my favorite part. It’s where my creativity can really flow, the story is new and continues to surprise me and I get to know my characters in and out. Then before I know it, I’ve reached the final chapters...
...and come skidding to a halt.
I don’t want the fun to end. Once I write the final chapters, my story will be OVER! And then I’ll have to do revisions. Ugh! I take a couple days and deep breath and write them anyway.
The third pause comes after I’ve gotten feedback from beta readers. I’ll be going through my manuscript thinking ‘Oh, yeah, that’s totally true! Doh! How could I have not seen that before? This is good. This is gonna make a world of difference!’
And then I pause, fingers posed over the keys thinking ‘Aaaaaand this is A LOT of work.’
Heels in sand.
A take a few days, mull everything over and work in the revisions in my head from different angles before finally gettin’ ‘er done.
Right now I’m dealing with the very first pause. I’ve got a brand new idea, the plot summary is down and I need to start writing in order to advance the outline. But I’m hesitating before the big leap. Anyone else find certain stages in the process make you pause?