Embrace the Process

Hi Insecure Writers,

I’m happy to say my surly muse has finally graced me with an idea for my second SFR. He even inspired a synopsis. I was on a cloud of literary love at first sight for two days. Even though the story seemed a bit short for a novel (never a problem with the first book), I assured myself all was fixable. But, yesterday, on my way to work, it hit me. A yawning plot hole.

baby-black-hole-nasa-chandra-06-15-11Plot holes are like black holes  – they suck the life out of whatever is nearby- polluting everything with their absolute doubt. I began brainstorming. Why would a certain character do such an idiotic  thing? How could the POV character get herself into such a situation? Could the story really be as lame as it seemed? What had I been thinking? Panic.

Then my husband reminded me. This is a process. A tiny grain of inspiration morphs into a wonderful story of imagination, action, and romance. Wait. Be patient. All answers will appear. I hope.

Does this ever happen to you, this sheer amazement followed by all-encompassing   doubt?

How do you embrace this process?  http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html 


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5 thoughts on “Embrace the Process”

  1. Oh, yes, this happens to me all the time, and now that I’ve been through revision I have NAMES for all the different kinds of plot holes I encounter! Forced march plotting, dropped conflict, the dreaded TSTL and all the rest now lurk in my works in progress, just waiting to ambush me with self-doubt.
    But your smart husband is right. All of these loopy story puzzles have an answer just waiting to be discovered.
    And you have a synopsis?! Your muse is awesome! 🙂

  2. Yes. In the editing stage I was full of doubt about every bit of dialogue. It sounded better the first time around. My reader assured me it was because I had read the lines so often, they were stale to me. I still worry.

  3. ‘Plot holes are like black holes’, I love that phrase. I always think in an infinite universe anything can be explained, it is just the challenge of finding that reason that cripples us story wise.

    1. Thanks for the compliment and for visiting my blog. I agree the challenge is working through the reasons we stall. I think mine is lack of a really bad, bad guy or gal to stir up conflict. But, never fear, I’m creating that person now!

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