As you know, I'm working on a re-write/re-draft/general page shuffle of my Shadowbinder novel. I made good progress throughout the April Camp NaNoWriMo dash but since then my writing progress has faltered. Faltered is an understatement. My writing progress has tripped, skidded, demolished a fence and thrown its rider (me) into a thorny hedge.
I'm working on a new chapter. It isn't the first new chapter I've written this time around so I'm unsure why I'm having so much trouble. I have this image for inspiration.
I walk past this archway at least once a fortnight and photographed it last time I passed. It always strikes me as a little odd, hovering between gardens as it does.
I know what I want to happen in my chapter. I've identified who the major players in this chapter are too. I know how it must end and how it will set Steve and his friends on a path. Why can't I get it down on paper?
So I've decided to fall back on a method I use when writing my plays, mapping out where each character is on the stage, their exits and entrances, figuring out where they need to be and which conversations must happen to progress the action. I'm hoping that getting the bare, physical bones of the chapter down on paper will kickstart my writing.
My target is still to have my novel finished and polished by late summer. Wish me luck.