Yep. I'm there.
Things were going along just fine, then BOOM, now I'm stalling and backtracking. As you can see by my less than stellar count below. I should be 50% of the way to my goal.
I had a plot chart, but these things never go according to plan. My characters are having conversations that I didn't authorize and extending their stay in Las Vegas. Then they told me they weren't having sex at the appointed time. How dare they?
Actually, except for some frustration while I wait for them to point me in the right direction, I'm glad they are leading me around on a leash. At least my characters are talking to me and I've learned how to listen.
I shouldn't complain so much about the much maligned middle. I have a general idea of where we're headed. It's like a map that shows you a road through the middle of nowhere, but you've yet to discover what the actual scenery looks like. The extras just define the journey.
But I want to run headlong and have the story pour out of me without the pauses and struggles. I can always tell when I'm back on track because the flow picks up again.
How do you know you're on the right track? Is it in the feel of the story, the speed with which it comes to you, or just those exhilirating aha moments when everything becomes clear?
23,000 / 50,000