Damned if I know.
I’ve been writing, on and off for the past few months, on a novel. Working on the idea and research for much longer. I was motoring right along when all of a sudden the story began sputtering
Ever happen to you?
In an effort to nudge my protagonist along, I played with the outline and plot adding bits of information here and there, but she wasn’t in the mood. So I turned to my villain who was not in the mood to be evil.
There was nothing left for me to do but take a break, do more research, read a little, and write a few blog posts.
At last, I returned to my WIP. Each sentence was like slogging through mud.
Then last week, as I was dusting our living room floor, my protagonist began whispering in my ear. She had the nerve to explain how the story should happen.
Whoa! Wait a minute!
Did she expect me to rewrite the whole damn story? Apparently. Well, to be honest, about two-thirds of it.
But, I’ve got to admit, her tale sounded a lot better than the direction I’d dragged around her butt all these weeks.
The premise is still the same. However, the antagonist is a different character, and the twist is much bigger and the bang bolder.
Why did this happen?
Here’s my theory. Over the past months of plotting, outlining, etc., I’ve gotten to know my protagonist. I mean really know her. Like we are best buds. And like best friends, she spoke up telling me what she thought. That’ll teach me to keep my distance next time. Sigh…
So here are my questions for Y’all.
- Has this ever happened to you?
- Why do you think this could happen?
- Did you rewrite or persevere and keep with the original plan?
- And isn’t it always better to go with bigger, bolder and different?
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