When I first took this picture in Holmes County, Ohio, last summer, I had many ideas about how to use it. The swampy muck invokes so many thoughts for a devotional, but since this is romance, I can make this picture tell a story about writing contemporary romance.
At least I can share how this picture shows so well what it is like for me to write a contemporary romance.
My third book, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, releases this month and I found with all three that I got stuck in the middle. It wasn’t just the middle of the book, a problem a lot of authors have, but the middle of specific plot points.
I outline my books and sketch plot points out that will serve as major events to move the story forward. Everytime when there’s filler experiences to take me from one place to the next, I s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e. It’s not that those conflicts aren’t important, they are. But, they aren’t the major things I wrote out, and I’m excited to get to that place. Getting there, wow. I realized I procrastinate terrible. I add extra Facebook time to my day, read Buzzfeed articles, change my cover pictures on Pinterest, it’s shameful the time I waste because I don’t feel like wading through those middle places.
The good news with Engaged is that I have those smaller events out of the way, and the writing is flying because I’m near the end. That’s a good thing given the book releases this month! Still, I cringe when I think about how I act the same writing those situations as much as these animals look muddling through. Even worse, I have a funny feeling I’ll do the same with my next series.
Is there anything you do that looks the same as this picture? You aren’t at the beginning, you’re not at the end, but you’re barely managing forward? How do you work through it?