It’s not always easy to know which way a story should go.
Should minor characters begin to play a more major role?
Should a character be killed off?
Should I change the setting?
Story threads are fragile. Each minor decision can send a story spiraling in a direction that may or may not be good. As a writer, it’s impossible to explore every plausible avenue or nothing would ever get done.
I have found, however, that the right amount of time and a proper amount of thinking can solve even the trickiest writer’s problem.
My current issue revolves around part III of my new trilogy. Parts I and II flowed remarkably smooth. I finished part II in August 2017 and have been revising and editing it ever since, and it’s now about 6 weeks away from being released. Part III has proven to be more elusive. I know the ending. But the problem is how to get there.
My book has a rather large cast of main characters. The supporting cast is large and has played a significant role. In book two, I added a new main character to help support the story, but that has added additional challenges to an already unwieldy cast.
And so over these past few months, I’ve been trying out many different reiterations of what should happen in part III.
What I’ve come to realize is that if you put enough time into thinking through all the ramifications for each main idea, the path forward will slowly start to emerge. Just this morning, I reordered the first couple chapters, imagined a few new ideas and with some reworking, believe I now have a solid way forward which I didn’t have last week.
It came through
Let the manuscript sit. Don’t be too hasty to get it to the marketplace. Read it fresh after a month of not thinking about it. It will help bring clarity.
Sometimes you don’t need to write, you need to think. Jot down a few ideas. Think. Jot down new idea. Think some more. How does it change things? Better? Worse? What are you overlooking?
And when you put proper TIME together with the right amount of THINKING, you’ll be on the road to solving your writing problem.
Don’t be afraid to slow it down.
BUT, once you figured it out, finish it! Without exception! Go! Go! Go!
Get it done and get it out in the marketplace.
Now on to the next.