Well, I am making progress. Of a sort. I’m writing every day, but so far, it’s a bit of a slog. I'm trying not to focus on the fact the story isn’t jumping up and slapping me in the face. I'm trying not to focus on the fact much of what I'm writing will probably be written out, dropped, or moved. Oh how I hate moving stuff around, and having to find all the loose ends and tie them up! One always slips loose and waves in the wind, pointing and laughing at me. “And what about this?” “And what about this?” “Now this doesn’t work.” Mocking little bastard. I wish the muse would grab them and strangle them before they find voice. Sigh. I have to turn those thoughts off, and full steam ahead.
So, how do you keep going when it isn’t particularly fun, and things aren’t exactly leaping out of your brain at the speed of light? (that does happen sometimes, and it is mighty fine!) Today, I decided to take stock of where I was in the story. I wrote a couple pages from two minor characters POV, just to remind myself of some things. Who knows what, and who is where, who’s in the castle, who’s in the hallways. It was interesting, because these are folks on the fringe, but important enough to see things the main characters might not. I had a captain of the Guard who’s noticed some weird goings on confront a magician. I had a servant girl sneaking around the castle and getting into some trouble. And loe and behold, it was the captain and the girl running into each other that created my conflict. I hadn’t planned that, it just happened.
I think these little sidetrips were justified. The girl could be a major thing later on, and I got to show another side of my captain, one that I’ve had in mind, but haven’t tipped to the reader, yet. In the end, not knowing what to do and grasping at what is inside these two unknown heads will end up adding layers to the story.
That is how the muse works, people. I don’t question it. I just try not to fark it up!