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Finding Your Story

   I have found the adage “You gotta know when to hold, know when to fold” very appropriate during my latest writing adventures. I’m busy writing, or rather, was busy writing, a new YA novel. I was in the flow, finding my story, really making great progress – in my opinion – when *sound of brakes squealing* everything came to a halt. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my story anymore. It wasn’t that I didn’t connect with my characters anymore. It wasn’t even that I didn’t know where I wanted the story to go or what I wanted to happen. What stopped me, quite abruptly, was that I realized that a lot of my action and, if I’m going to be honest, a lot of the really interesting storylines was happened in the past. I found myself trying to explain something that had occurred prior to the what I was writing about now. It gave me a headache quite frankly.

I like writing with a general plot in mind and who the characters are, but tend to hash out all the details as I go along. In this way I keep surprising myself and appreciating my story as it unfolds and then correct any inconsistencies when I go back and work on my subsequent drafts. But this time, I got 12,000 words into my story before realizing I had started my story in the wrong place! How aggravating! Not only would I have rework my storyline, but I’d basically have to scrap all that work and time (although I do like to lie to myself and say I’ll still be able to use some of it…ha!).

While this temporary deviation made me lose both work and momentum, I believe that rethinking my story will only make the final product that much better. 🙂