Especially when I’m not going at it full steam ahead.
I’ve been snuffly and achey for a while so everything has slowed-up, including revision. However, I had a couple of break-throughs which cheered me up!
A murder mystery crept in and I’m now finding all the details connected with this because they need to be removed. In my enfeebled state, I dithered big-time when I got to Charles, the murder victim. If there was no murder, he seemed to be redundant but I want him in the next book.
I went round and round in circles then went off and did something else. Came back and it suddenly hit me: yes, of course I needed him because otherwise two main characters would never have gone to Morocco and the story I wanted to tell would never have happened!
What a relief to have a cast-iron reason to keep Charles 🙂
The other break-through concerned a scene with important information but it read like a list. You know – MC does this, and then she does that, and then does this… I yawned and felt bored. It needed complete revision but I couldn’t see how to do it.
Then I realised that a very minor character could become more important, give the MC a very good reason for quitting England, and would also have a good reason for appearing in the next book (should it ever get written!). I have the scene planned where he appears with Dorothea’s mother and I so want to write it 🙂
After struggling through the 1B worksheets with the speed of a moribund slug, managing only two or three scenes each day, I began to feel very pleased with this new break-through.
Little and often has its merits but I prefer lots and often. A little is better than nothing at all, I keep reminding myself but I still want to do more!
Am I the only one who dislikes a slow, steady pace?