I suppose it was bound to happen eventually. The constant progress I’ve made on my novel has stalled out. Well, more like puttering along. I’ve written a bit here and there. Just a few paragraphs at a time. Which sucks, because I’m accustom to writing at least four pages a day.
In the meantime I’ve been taking the opportunity to work on my city map. Discovering where the rivers flow and where some flood control channels are located. It’s also forcing me to give a harder look at what areas are residential, commercial, and industrial zones (thanks Sim City).
I think a part of my problem is how much needs to added to the beginning of the book that will help reinforce some plot points I’m reaching now. Now, this sounds like an easy thing to fix. Make a note of it and move on. But I feel that I’m in a unique pickle. See, I have a writing group that has read everything up to this point. And I feel strange writing a chapter based on information that they haven’t read. I don’t want to leave them confused.
So what does that cause me to do? Write that information into those chapters. But then that information feels forced and I don’t like it. Which has handicapped my forward progress. I’ve played with the idea of writing a small forward on my next submission. Something for my group explaining what is being added. But I’m not sure how that will go over.
A couple of them read my blog, so I’m sure they’ll weigh in on how they would perceive it.
In the meantime I’ll keep plugging away a few sentences at a time until the dam breaks and I’m back in action. It’s really my only course of action at this point.