I’m in the midst of writing my sixth manuscript. It’s the third in my Reject High teen series.
I got stuck. Like all four wheels spinning helplessly in the mud stuck.
I didn’t want to try writing out my plot.
For my first three novels, I created my characters, wound them up and let them go. My major plot points were a function of their behaviors. While I knew where they were going and how it would end up, I let them guide me through the “how.”
With this book, it was just different. I couldn’t do that anymore. My characters were letting me down (they’re teenagers, so there’s that).
So, I turned off my cellphone and iPad, stepped away from my laptop and started writing with my main character, Jason. Once I finished his arc, I worked on his love interest. Three hours later, the entire plot was done.
I’d never thought I’d say so, but I’m a believer in sketching out plots on paper now. Are you? What’s your process?