I feel like I just wrote one of these and yet, another month is just about over. I’m still making progress and I think I figured out why I’ve been partially stuck. This is happening so often, and frustrates me so much at this point, there are days that I don’t even want to touch this WIP.
Those are the days I reread my past draft. It’s been awhile since I’ve done that and I think one of the biggest reasons I kept getting stuck, because I was struggling to remember what happens.
Yes, I know this story inside and out and what big key moments have to happen and in what order for the story to be told. What I don’t always remember are the little moments – or in this case, a bigger one. This scene isn’t necessarily crucial to the telling of the story. It’s the first big moment that McKenna (my MC) goes against the people who truly care for her. She does something reckless and kind of stupid (for the betterment of everyone on board Destiny) but still it’s a unnecessary risk she doesn’t have to take.
This is very much who she is at the core – willing to do whatever it takes. But for most of this draft, she’s been a little more level headed, ask questions first before punching someone. It’s been interesting watching her grow over the years. First draft McKenna was a spitfire and kind of a bitch.
This scene – I forgot it existed, until this week. I know. I was stuck, and it felt like I had written myself into another hole. Another hole that I would have to dig my way out of, and I was frustrated. I had just moved past one block, only to find another.
The thought crossed my mind, that maybe this book just wasn’t meant to be. That I had reworked it one too many times and now it was just an unsalvageable mess. I won’t say that the rediscovery of this scene is a cure-all, and everything will go smoothly from here, but with a little reworking, I’m hoping this scene puts me back on track.
I started working on it today, and hopefully I finish it tomorrow. I’m actually kind of excited to write it. This WIP has started feeling a little heavy – especially the last couple chapters. That’s okay since a lot has happened and McKenna needs to deal (something she’s not very good at – she tends to lock all her emotions down until they overwhelm her and then she shuts down…yeah, she’s not very good with emotions. Well, emotions that hurt. She’s very good with anger and rage.
She’s learned to rely on herself, and has a hard time accepting help, and when she does, it’s often begrudgingly.
Anyways, since I don’t have much more to disclose, because in 26 days I’ve barely worked on this WIP, I’m going to end it with a peek at a full page. This comes right after an incident and the whole ship has been knocked unconscious (you’ll have to wait for the whole book to find out why) but McKenna overhears two people talking and she’s left scared. Enjoy!
(Also, sorry in advance for any typos/grammar/etc. issues you might see. I’m not perfect and this is a draft!)
Let me know in the comments if you would want brief character profiles, or a fan cast or a family tree/relationship chart of all my characters? I’ve been toying with these ideas, but I’m not sure. I don’t want to give everything away, but I’d be willing to introduce you to my two MCs.