Well, after spending the better part of the last eight months working on revisions for one thing or another, I finally have something completely new to focus on! *cue happy sounds*
But to be honest, it’s slow going. The last two weeks haven’t yielded more than twenty-five pages.
I do know where I’m going and how to get there…for the most part.
The problem is, I’ll be on a roll, all throwing out paragraph after paragraph and marveling at my magical powers of creation and then BOOM!
I get stumped. The car breaks of creation come to a screeching halt.
And no, – it’s not on a character development or a plot turn, hole or discrepancy or something big and important like that that has my work-in-progress bound and tied.
Uh uh. The continuation of my literary lineage most often depends solely on a WORD.
When the right word escapes me, at first- I’m only mildly annoyed.
It’s like I can hear the faint gurgle gurgle of how the word should sound in my head. I try typing different variations- sometimes I don’t know the exact spelling and I keep hoping word autocorrect will help me out. But most often, it doesn’t because I’ve either mixed two words together, or it’s a word I’ve never used myself but heard it used elsewhere and know it should fit!- but I just don’t know what the word is exactly.
But it’s the perfect word. And it must be found before I can move on. *evil demonic laughter*
So then I go looking on the internet. – again, wasting more precious writing minutes, but it can’t be helped. By this point, I’m more than annoyed. I’m like a woman possessed.
I end up taking five minutes to do things like research different types of windows. (I found this page particularly helpful. It was ‘picture window’ I was looking for. – Yeah. I know. Life or death, here. )
Sometimes it’s a turn of phrase I can’t seem to get right. Which has me typing this like ‘guilty by..’ into google and carefully examining the most common results:
Needless to say, it was none of these.
What ties you up the most when you’re trying to pound out that first draft? Plot line going haywire? Rebellious characters? Description? A single word that has you pulling your hair out?