Normally, when I think of a story idea, I typically sit down and write it and usually, at the MOST, within 2 weeks, I have a first draft. Doesn’t mean it’s a GOOD draft, but it is done and usually has something close to a story arc.
This time, I have a story that’s very rough in my head, that I immediately liked and wanted to write, but I’m having a hard time slogging through the first quarter of it and really understanding where it’s going.
Two things came up today that helped me immensely.
1. Operation Awesome had a blog post up today called Where’s the Love about how some books don’t come as easily as others and sometimes you have to let first drafts be skeletons just to get it out, and you can work on filling in the guts and the heart and the skin later. It was awesome and a relief to read.
2. Malinda Lo (who is a personal hero of mine for writing such incredible stories with LGBTQ characters that are never ABOUT the characters being LGBTQ, guh. Go read Ash and Huntress right now. RIGHT NOW) said on Twitter that she was slogging through a part of the story that was hard for her right now. She said it was easy at this point to give up. I asked her what her advice was because I was hitting the same point in my story. She said that slogging through was the best way, and once you did it once, it became easier because you knew you could do it.
So. Tonight, I’m slogging through and this is my screensaver.
Any other tips for slogging through a story that doesn’t come to you in one giant wave of inspiration?