Conflict. Conflict. Conflict.
Why is that such a hard concept to grasp? I start out with what I think is a compelling conflict but midway through the MS I find I'm struggling to keep the intensity going. And I wonder why I made the choices I did at the beginning of the story because I could have set it up so much better. And yet, I've been told that I have a lot going on so I don't want to add another conflict on top of the ones I already have. I just want to deepen to ones I have.
Okay, honestly I just want to ditch the whole thing and start on a brand new, shiny manuscript. Because I know my next idea is better, and I could write it really fast... and yes, that's the delusional trip I travel at least once every couple of weeks when I write a book. The next idea is always better. And I've come up with at least four new ideas this week alone. If only I could focus all that creativity on the current MS.
I decided this week I didn't have enough external conflict, that somehow my heroine needed to be a road block to my Hero's external goal. I came up with several logical scenarios but it sends the story in a direction I don't think I like. Now I'm doing a list of twenty reasons how or why the heroine can stop the hero's project. I've spent all day working on this and still I haven't found the key.
And I'm at the point that I'm embarrassed when people ask me what I'm working on now and I tell them the same thing I was working on six months ago. And no, I'm not nearly finished. Thanks for asking.