Sorry for the belated post – time escaped me yesterday! – but to be honest my progress is no different today than it was yesterday, or for most of the days of the last week.
I’m stuck in a rut. On Tuesday I spoke of an amazing idea which had gripped me. Well, that amazing idea has turned out to be not so amazing, since I have absolutely no idea where to go with it. I’ve gone to write several times since then, and I only end up staring at my MS, with no motivation to push ahead.
I realise I’m committing a cardinal sin in regards to writer’s block. Nothing will change unless I write myself out of my rut. I haven’t considered taking out my idea, because honestly I think it’s a good one, it’s just I don’t know how I can really integrate it into the rest of my story.
There’s also another issue which is bothering me, which is character relationships. A while ago I had the idea to reveal a new dimension to the relationship of two main characters, but now I’m really not sure whether to go through with it. I don’t know if it fits for my characters.
It’s basically the same issue I had with Pure by Julianna Baggott, when I found out Partridge and Pressia were brother and sister when I’d automatically assumed there would be a romantic plot between them. I wasn’t really sure about Pressia’s real love interest, and I was a little disappointed things hadn’t turned out the way I’d expected.
Perhaps with Erase the only thing to do is try it and see. I mean I could always erase – pun not intended! – that part and alter it when I eventually came to edit it. I could take on the idea of a zero draft, which Laura discussed on her blog earlier this week.
I guess the main thing is for me to sit down and write. If I don’t do that, then neither of these problems will be able to be resolved.
How is your NaNo progressing? Do you have any advice in regards to my issues?