The all-important “Eureka!”
First thing’s first: my WIP novel is now truly back in progress after over a month’s worth of inactivity. Getting back into it, thankfully, didn’t turn out to be all that difficult. I went over and revised my plan on the weekend before last, and then started writing during the week. Thus far, I’ve averaged around 500 words a day; a bit slower than before, perhaps, but progress is progress. Writing around a day job, it seems, is something I still need to get used to.
Where planning was concerned, there were still a few issues. I couldn’t decide on a climax, for one thing, and I was beginning to have doubts regarding the specifics of a certain important character. I simply went in hoping the answers would come to me later. If I didn’t start writing the book again sooner or later, after all, then it would never get finished.
And then, last Sunday, it happened. It was early(ish) in the morning. I was having a shower. I was half-thinking, half-daydreaming about the story and the bothersome character in particular, only for the answer to strike me in one fell swoop. As soon as I was dry, I raced to my computer and begun jotting stuff down. I changed a single detail about the character and considered how this change would impact upon my storyline.
Soon afterwards, almost everything fell into place.
This character, I realised, could now be used to initiate the climax of the story. This climax would not be the one I had planned on originally, but rather an event that was due to take place slightly earlier. By using this event as my finale, I could streamline my story’s final stretch considerably. The original ending and the events surrounding it, I figured, can be used in the sequel instead – assuming, of course, that I ever make it that far.
Only a few issues remain. I’m not quite sure how I’ll reveal the new detail to my protagonist, though I do have ideas. Furthermore, the role of the protagonist’s mother in the story is still something I can’t quite pin down. Even so, I know I’m getting close now. I even reckon I’ll have a first draft done before the year is out.
Had any big “Eureka!”s lately? Seeing at its NaNoWriMo, I reckon more than a few people will have done so. Go ahead and post your thoughts below 🙂