It happened. I was struggling and I was attributing it to not feeling well and having a crappy week... and maybe those things played into it, but the bottom line is, Mark Waid was right. Yes, Mark Waid. Some of you may know him as a Comic Book Writer who is most famous for his work in Superman comics over the past decade. I know him from a seminar he gave at WizardCon back in 2005. 2004? 2005? I can't remember which. Anyway, he spoke on the topic of Writer's Block and how he believed it was an issue of trying to take a character in the wrong direction. Until now, I never really understood how right he was. Don't get me wrong, I've quoted him on the subject a dozen times since then, but never actually experienced it before.
I hit a point in the book where I had my characters doing something, and suddenly it felt like it was dragging and felt so BLAAAAHHHHH, and in my head I blamed my writing, but yesterday I was sitting at home, thinking about the book, and it occurred to me. I wasn't listening to my characters. I was trying to usher them toward my plot ideas without any real considerations of the hows and the whys. So I deleted a couple thousand words and rewrote a good chunk of the third chapter.
Well, after that things were easy again. Writing felt good. I finished chapter three, I wrote chapter four, which was pretty short, and a good ways into chapter five. I cracked 20k words a little more than a week after I planned to, but I feel really good about it. I finally got to where I was really wanting to go, and this week is going to be super slow at work so I foresee taking some major strides in the next five days. Wish me luck! until next time...