Saturday, January 29, 2011

What happened? Which way did they go?


And it was such a good plan...
     I know exactly how he feels. Sometimes after I've sketched out a good plan with the characters in place, I start writing. It usually takes off at a good pace then suddenly stalls or falls apart. I ask myself, what happened? It's tough when that happens. More times than not I plow through but that usually doesn't work. I either have to go back and work on the plan or shelve it for something new and hope inspiration hits subconciously and when I pull it out again the answer will be there. It's usually not.  Luckily, my file of failed plans  isn't too large.                                                                                                                              

14 comments:

  1. It's comforting to know this happens to someone else too!!

    I love the photograph. A pic says so much more than words, doesn't it?

    Glad your failed plans file isn't too large. Hope you get a file going that's filled with success!
    Ann Best, Author

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  2. Thanks, Ann. Eager for you first book to come out!

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  3. Been there Catherine = ) You are not alone!
    And thanks for the wonderful award, I was so happy! =D

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  4. Been there, too. I used to get upset, but no more. I put it aside and just move on.

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  5. Clara, you are welcome!

    Andrea, I still get a tad upset but not like before. I've learned to put it aside earlier and not fret over it.

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  6. Glad to see I'm not alone! For me, I think the stall comes when a plot hole can no longer be ignored or the story took the wrong focus. Sometimes I can salvage it, and when I can it's a beautiful day.

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  7. "Sometimes I can salvage it, and when I can it's a beautiful day." Jolynne that is so true and what a great feeling!

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  8. For me, when that happens, it usually just needs more time and the right inspiration to strike. I'm searching for inspiration right now - I'm not exactly stuck in my novel - making great progress, but i'm mulling over the question "what is unique" about my story and it hasn't hit me yet. Remembering to mull over this questions while on walks, or in the shower, that's where inspiration usually strikes!

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  9. This is where a little regrouping and a lot of faith comes in handy. :)

    I appreciate your insight with this.

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  10. Ah yes, we've all done this. Most recently this happened to me with a short story. Thankfully short stories are less painful than novels. Less invested.

    Are you going to do the one line blogfest? Thanks to your encouragement, I decided to take the leap. :)

    Amy

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  11. Plowing through doesn't usually work for me. It's usually my subconscious yelling at me because I've missed something important.

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  12. That picture is too funny! This post made me laugh because I recently fell out of love with a WIP, and I was just baffled. I was so excited to start it and got a decent way into the outline and suddenly I was like, "Oh dear. I don't think this is a good idea at all. Where on Earth was I going with this? How did I think this was going to be "the" idea? I had to laugh...silly me.

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  13. Oh, Margo, the what is unique questions still gets me. I just hope each time I make the story all new and different.
    Janna, a lot of faith is right!
    Amy, yes, I think I am going to enter, I actually reworked a first line that I'm sending in.Anyone reading this needs to go to Amy's site and read about this first line contest.
    Jemi, my subconcious does a lot of that:)
    Jess, yep, THE idea has petered out on me a few times!

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  14. I think I'm having that same problem three chapters in. I've been thinking and reworking and figuring - to no avail, but I'm stubborn, so I know something will shake loose down the road.

    I like the cat photo. It's apt.

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