I've had a writing breakthrough. I'll be sharing it with you now:
I've been writing in third person, so to distance myself from my mc, Laurel, who is very (probably too much so) similiar to me. However, it's been difficult to figure out some of the technique -- was I in deep POV or not? Was I writing with a narrator? It seemed so, because if I wasn't then there may have been a hell of a lot of author intrusion... and wait... If there is a narrator, who is the narrator? Why does the narrator matter? Why would this narrator tell the story? Do I need to know that? Do I even need to address it at all?
So, anyway. I had all these concerns. Legitimate ones. Concerns that had me wondering whether or not I should throw in the towel and work on something new -- something I could write in first person, probably. Something easier to write about than the plot of the current WIP. (I'm far too attached to it. I blame it on my narcissism. Or maybe I'll blame my muse.
And, concerns that had me wondering if I was cut out to write a novel at all. Ever.
(Okay, wait for it. I'm getting there.)
I've. had. a. brainstorm.
It came upon me at a random moment, while sitting on my back porch reading Bad Twin (that LOST-related novel by Gary Troup, a fictional author whose name is an annagram for purgatory, incidentally.) The book itself didn't have much to do with my breakthrough. I often pause while reading books, between the chapters, usually, and think about my own attempt at novel writing.
This time, when I paused -- I knew my narrator. I knew the reason my narrator was telling the story, and that reason includes a twisty-end-of-book (last chapter, maybe) payoff for the reader.
I'm so stinking excited.
So, I don't think I'll give up on writing alltogether, or give up this WIP.
Did you have an aha-moment while writing your novel? Was it when you figured out the end of the story?
If you don't have an end in mind, is it frustrating you to work on it?
Do all pansters go through this sort of madness to get to a place where they realize where they're going?