I have discovered a fun new way to not-write. Or at least, a new cause for it. The fix is only obvious in retrospect, but now I have it, and I’m going to cram it into my toolbox, like a mechanic trying to fit the wrench that’s now custom-welded with 2 90 degree bends in it and a little rare-earth magnet glued on to keep the nut in place when working blind. You know, that one tool that’s used for that one specific application, because if you have to do it again, it’ll save a whole lot of time, a healthy dollop of swearing, and leaking a bit of hydraulic fluid out your busted knuckles?
In this case, I didn’t block because I wrote the last chapter wrong. I blocked because I hadn’t written enough!
See, this book has two points of view, alternating chapter on chapter. The way the pacing is coming together, there’s a fight in the next chapter. I do want a particular part of that fight to be witnessed through the eyes of that character, so the timing is right…
But that character doesn’t understand the layout or tactics, or timing that the one in the last chapter does. So I’m trying to explain for the reader (and for myself, before writing it) the layout, the strategy, the approaches used by the opponents… with the wrong character. No wonder it wasn’t working.
Instead, I had to go back to the last chapter, and keep writing from that character’s POV, letting his understanding make it clear to the reader. So in the next chapter, the character will be confused, but the reader won’t!
Have you ever hit this one before?