My young adult novel came to a halt in late spring. I was stuck.
I had actually finished an earlier version of the novel. I knew, while writing that first version, that I needed to make some big changes to the story in the next round.
The revision began strongly. I felt I was accomplishing some of the changes.
But something happened at around chapter 10. The changes opened up different venues and I was paralyzed by the decision. Which of these new ways should I pursue? None of them seemed to bring a clear idea of how the story would end up. Staying with the plot I had used in the first version seemed cowardly.
That's right. A screeching halt.
In the mean time, I read a ton, practiced martial arts, cooked unusual meals, and got my middle grade novel ready for a contest.
No excuses left, I decided to take a look at my YA again. Or maybe my fog-riddle brain, thanks to a cold, is making me optimistic. Or something.
Good news and bad news.
Bad news: I still don't know how to proceed.
Good news: There is some good writing in there. (Now I wait for the reprimand. But that's another post.)
With the perspective gained from being away from the story, I realize that despite how difficult it felt while going through the revision, I kept close to my original vision and stayed true to its emotional truth.
As I mentioned, I still have no clue where the story is going, but just knowing that what I have is a keeper is enough for now.