I have slammed into a brick wall. For the past two weeks I’ve been trying to get chapter 7 written. I have about five paragraphs and one false start. And I’m just not sure what the problem is.
My outline is there. I know the arc of the story and have done a more detailed outline up to chapter eleven. But every time I sit down to get going, I just can’t find the words I need to use. Something just feels off. Like I’m not in the right spot for the story. That what I’m working with isn’t where I should be.
Of course I know what I should be doing. Just writing down anything. Anything to get the words flowing and moving toward the end of the book. I can always move and edit things later. But I have this weird propensity to want what I’ve written before to make logical sense for later. So far I’d done a good job staying away from that feeling. But it is hard.
For instance, a character that I thought had written themselves out has come back. But at this late in the book, I feel like introducing a new character out of the blue won’t work. So I see where I’ll need to do some sowing in the earlier chapters, in order to make sense why he comes back later.
And maybe that’s my hangup. Maybe I just need to get that stuff straightened out before I can move on. My writing group tends to push people away from that kind of thing. Doing major edits and needling before moving on. But I have just have to do it so my brain can feel at rest.
Or, I can just press on and write a bunch of junk to be fixed later.
I’m always grateful for later.
One thing I’ve learned is that having a writing group that puts me on a schedule is fantastic. When I have to present, I just go. That could also be a part of the problem. I’m not presenting this Sunday, so I don’t have that pressure to get something to them. I’m afforded too much time to think.
So I guess that’s it. I just need to turn on the afterburners and bust through the wall, right? Write.