During the last go-round of rewriting Reset, a new character knocked on my door. Really loudly. I mean, hammered. Now, she and her ever growing entourage refuse to leave me alone!
I am 30K (ish) words in to Rewind, a prequel to Reset, and I hate to admit, but I've hit The Wall.
It sucks, the story's weak, the plot confusing...The ever growing list of negative feed into my brain makes me want to quit, and these new characters, who fit nowhere into my plans, are urging me, pressuring me, threatening me to pay attention to THEM!
They're all there when I wake up in the morning, they follow me on my morning hike with my dogs, they sit down at the computer with me, whispering and scratching in my head...They come to bed with me, keeping me awake with their constant chatter.
I'm beginning to feel like the Verizon guy..."Can you hear me now?"
But, I need to keep on track! Finish what I've started....
Even as I type this post, I find myself scribbling scenes for these characters on the backs of my old business cards (hey, they are good for something). I discover that their story is NOT to be ignored. It feels too powerful somehow.
Am I up for it? Do I even have the skills, newbie that I am, to bring it to life?
Am I a failure for not finishing my WIP?
Will this be the story of my writing life: begin a novel, hit The Wall, give up and let myself be bullied and coerced into starting a new one?
I can't think of the answers right now, I have to research names, build a world, create a language...
Uh, oh, sounds suspiciously like Sci-fi, a 180 degree turn from the Paranormal Romance that Reset became as I revisited themes and 'What Matters' during my (many) rewrites.
Yikes. What the hell am I getting myself into now?