So, I’m in the middle of Wife Wanted (and believe me, the breakthrough I thought I had a few weeks ago, did not solve my problem. It helped a little, but just a little) and what happens? I started thinking about the next story in the series!
Why does this always happen (and yes, it happens all the time)? My critique partner says this happens so the story can “percolate” while I’m finishing up the current manuscript. I think it happens just to drive me crazy!
In my younger days, I could come up with an idea and kinda put it in a file drawer in one of the millions of file cabinets in my head (yes, I have file cabinets…the old-fashioned steel kind filling my head…some people have movie screens where they can actually see their story ideas). Now? I think those file cabinets are too full. Too many drawers, too many folders, so when I go to find that story idea that I had, it’s gone. I need to write it down so I don’t forget, which, of course, takes me away from the current project. And that’s been happening too much lately.
The other reason I think that happens is because I might not be quite happy in the “sagging middle” of my manuscript. This happens, too. A lot. I love the beginning of the story when everything is fresh and new and you know your direction. I love the end of the story when everything comes to a satisfying conclusion with the happily ever after. The middle? Not so much.
Ah well, as I told my DH just the other day, it is what it is and I’ll just have to do what I have to do. Eventually, everything will get done when it’s meant to be done, but that won’t stop me from firing up the computer tomorrow morning and dropping in where I left off – right in the middle of everything.
Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go!