Snagged - Fishing and Writing
So, this is how I spent some of last weekend. I'm not a particularly serious fisherman, as you can see. Our weather was variable, but at least for the time it took my husband to snap this shot of me snoozing it was bright and sunny, although cool, as you can tell by the fleece blanket!
Despite my inattention, I managed to catch a few fish, and didn't snag my line (although that's probably because of good navigating by my skipper). But since returning from this weekend, I've been snagged on my manuscript in progress.
I didn't want to bring my laptop camping, even though we were staying in a full service cabin. My writing had been going really well, and I wrote enough leading up to the weekend to feel good about taking a couple of days off. We returned Monday evening, which is normally a day I keep free from writing, so Tuesday night I settled down, ready to start again.
I knew what I had to write next, and I did managed to put enough words down that I felt like I'd accomplished something. But over the last week or so I've struggled to get back into the flow of the story.
I don't think I can blame it entirely on the three days of non-writing, although I'm sure that had an effect. I've reached a point in the plot where my hero and heroine have decided to ignore each other, in the hopes that their mutual attraction is just an aberration. It's tough to create tension and action when the two main characters won't talk to each other. I am also writing about a location I am not familiar with, so I'm bottoming out a bit in the descriptions, as well as the narrative.
I panicked a bit and didn't write anything Friday, but gritted my teeth yesterday and wrote more than my word count goal trying to make up for my lapse. But it still isn't going well.
This morning I woke to the realization that I need to start this new scene much, much later. I spent most of last week writing what basically equals back story - not for the main plot, but for the scene I need to get to. So I'm going to rework what I've done, make it a flashback, and that should jump start me into the the scene much better.
Wish me luck!
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