I realized yesterday that powering through the book - writing, writing, writing-when I sense there is a problem is not the best use of my writing time. I don't know why it took me so long to realize this. Three days of conversation that went nowhere. Of Damian and Jane going through the motions - dinner, painting a room, a dance...
Denial? Maybe I didn't want to acknowledge that I had issues because then I would have to stop and all those lovely pages I envisioned writing this week would come to a halt?
The problem is in Damian's motivation. I had a couple of scenes that propelled me into the second half the book but then the energy and conflict seemed to seep right out of the story, Why would he chase after her when he knows he can't give her what she wants? And why would she let him back into her life after he lied to her? These are great questions. Problem is. Don't have the answers.
So I'm doing a list of twenty to see if I can strike gold. I've been taking a course on "Asking the Right Questions" from Susan Meier. Love her online courses. She's the one who really got me into the whole-Action-Reaction-Decision technique for plotting. As I've mentioned before I'm sadly lacking in showing the reaction of my characters - it's like they don't think they just do.
What do you do when you're stuck for character motivation? When really, there's no reason for the hero and heroine not to walk into the sunset together?And you're only a little over the half way point of the book? Power on and hope lightening strikes? Or back it up and think it through?