One of the joys of writing is when all the planning and mapping and character research is suddenly jumbled, and a new direction emerges. This weekend was such a moment for Chap 8 of The Empty Everything (which I’m gonna have to find an abbreviation for that title because I’m sick of typing it out all the time!).
I hit a snagged a few days ago, but pushed through this weekend when I had a bit of inspiration. A thought, a possibility, came to me while working out – this is a common occurrence for me. When you least expect it, your subconscious decides to take a moment to solve everything for you. Thanks subcon!
This change means rearranging the plots for a couple of other chapters, but that’s okay. In fact, it becomes a catalyst for even better ideas. The core of the novel is the same; it’s the way the message is presented which has changed.
After this deus ex machina moment, I scrapped a portion of the chapter, but then wrote like crazy. At this point, I’m about 3/4 of the way done (only the chapter, not the entire novel, dammit!) but I have a much clearer idea of where I’m going.
Now the big question is … maybe I'll post it online here for a sneak preview? Hmmmm. I would, but I don’t think anyone is reading this. Sort of like the dilemma of the tree falling in the empty forest.