Yes, I do have the MC Hammer song in my head, for some reason…
I recently read through all 17,000 + words of Chasing Ascension. The first chunk is good. It’s exciting, and action packed and I love it. And then I obviously hit a bit of a wall and wasn’t sure what to do next because my characters head out of the city and do some thinking, and then they head back into the city. The only valid reason for leaving is to hide from the people searching for them, but it is still obvious to me that I was floundering.
And then I had a plan! And I wrote til I ran out of plan, and left off with my characters in limbo again – they aren’t really sure what to do, and to be honest, I’m not sure what they should be doing either.
This seems to be a pretty common thing with me. I have many short stories hanging in limbo because I wanted to just start writing. I used to be a good pantser – or maybe I just thought I was, and now I know better? I really couldn’t tell you which, all I know is that when I have big ideas, fun ideas, I just want to get writing and I typically don’t take the time to develop those ideas, to figure out where they are going, or where they will end up. Not every story seems to evolve naturally – especially not those stories where the characters are out of their depth. And I mean WAY out of their depth.
Perhaps that’s where my problem lies. Normally, I follow the character. They drive the story, they make choices, and respond to situations. In CA, both the main characters, and myself, have no idea whats happening and so they CAN’T drive the story for me. I need to stop and plan.
I hate planning…
Does anyone want to do it for me? No? Okay, I guess I better get to work then.