I asked a question on Google+. It was the typical “what’s your favorite part of the writing process?” because for an instant I turned into a glittery unicorn and forgot that writing is more like jamming a splinter under your nail than swimming in a chocolate fountain.
It’s air, it’s breathable, it’s necessary and needed. But it’s not always fun.
I did get the answers I was looking for, however: building characters, starting fresh from the very beginning. I think we can all agree that there’s nothing more invigorating than a blank page. But then a friend mentioned THE MIDDLE. The dreaded middle that we as authors groan, moan and piss about.
And we have every right to.
The middle is what happens when you’re not paying attention and you’re in the passenger seat with your protagonist, admiring their beautifully coiffed hair and the scar curled near one nostril when BAM! out of nowhere you’ve slammed smack into a six story oak.
What’s your next move?
Mine are the easy things that are often looked over in life but are absolutely necessary to keep your head above water:
- another cup of coffee
- a memory spiking song
- the crisp, clean pages of a new book
- a talk with my husband, parents, friend
- hugging my daughter
- holding my dogs
- closing my eyes
The middle of your manuscript is much like life – it can be a very bad thing or a very good thing depending on what day it is. And so tomorrow, when I get back on the manuscript horse and pick up right where I left off in the devastating middle, I’m going to close my eyes and remember what a good day it is.