I’m in the last chapters of my current romance, and I’m stuck.
Usually I get bogged down in the middle of a novel not at the end. So what did I do wrong this time?
Looking over my writing and writing habits the last few weeks, I’ve come to a conclusion. No one should ever try to write two or three different scenes, from different points in the novel, at the same time. I remember last month I was writing a love scene in the middle of the book, a different scene 3/4 through, and an ending scene (that I’ve decided not to use). What a mess!
So it’s no wonder I couldn’t write anything new until a couple of days ago. And I had to read the whole book to do it. The only good news I have is I’ve decided to shortened the book by 15,000 words (The reason for the deleted ending scene above.) and I have a much clearer ending.
So what should I have done?
Some writers are pantser and some are plotters. I’m a pantser, with a little bit of thought and messy notes to help me along. I’ve always known my character’s well and had a strong conflict and a possible ending in sight. I think this time I didn’t have an ending in sight. I figure no possible ending made my story go overlong, with too many twists and turns. I had to get away from it for a few weeks, then reread the entire manuscript, before I saw where I went wrong.
Thank God I love to write.