I have a story I have been working on for about a year now. I return to it every now and again to continue the storyline, to develop the characters with the ultimate aim of finishing a book. At one stage I wrote steadily for X words a day and it was my most productive.
The trouble is, at this stage everything is half baked. I have a grand idea in place for the ending but I have grown detached from the characters and the world. This has led to me opening the file and rereading the previous five pages to get a feel for what is to come. The problem is I no longer feel in control. REMEDY. I’m going to write out on paper the journey so far for each character. That way I have a base to jump from again, it will disentangle all the subplots and other issues allowing me to hook back in to the world and direct the next move for each person.
If I don’t do that I risk sitting at my laptop and continuing a story uninformed. I know a lot of people have their own techniques to writing in terms of how they structure the story and set things up. I’m quite freeform but with definite end points for characters (usually!) which gives me room to breathe creatively but not aimlessly. So with that in mind I’m off to establish a firm character arc.
On with the show!