Things were getting a little deep for me, so I took a day off of writing to try to get my head straight. Sometimes, I have found, that taking a little time is not only necessary, but beneficial.
There were some major appliance problems at my house last week. And while those problems are still ongoing, I have managed to put them in perspective so that my mind can actually work on something else. In short, I have managed to get myself in a better state of mind.
While I was getting myself in a better state of mind, I also realized that I wasn’t happy with the direction my story was headed. The problem, as it seems to me now, is that I was trying to force my story in a particular direction without actually knowing why. I had an old idea of where it should go, and I was doggedly working the story in that direction without taking into consideration the things that were happening in the current section.
Having false starts is one of the problems when you write by the seat of your pants. While I partially solve this problem with all the planning and outlining that I can, I still make up things; expand things; and insert new ideas as the story progresses. So while I am working with a short outline, I still rely on an ongoing imagination for the story.
It looks like I am going to have to gut most of the last section that I wrote to make room for these better ideas. While it is frustrating to lose ground on the word count, it will be well worth it to have a smoother, better story at the end of the section.