When I wrote my first manuscript, it seemed to just fall out of my head.  The idea had been fermenting in my brain for literally ten years before I put fingers to keyboard.  Writing it was still an epic amount of work, and took a year and six drafts, but the flow was endless.

Writing my second book is a completely different experience so far. This new book is unrelated to the first and having trashed my first draft, I am now about 1200 words into draft two. The opening scene keeps changing for the better.   But I’m having trouble pantsing this time around and it is killing me! After two scenes I realize I need to stop writing and start plotting.  I am realizing that I don’t understand my characters’ motivation deeply enough yet. 

So of course, I am stalling.  Last night, I wrote a page and then baked a batch of cupcakes. (they tasted fabulous and are even better for breakfast.)  But shortly after eating that tasty trio I was falling deeply into a sugar coma and off to sleep.

So, I am here to promise the I will stop dissing my book and get back to work. There, now I have guilt, which is fuel for the desperate writer.

If any of you have some insight to jump start once again… I am all eyes.

In other news:

I won one of the four contests I mentioned on Monday!  That’s right!  Paula Kay McLaughlin was one of the bloggers hosting an awesome Give-It-Forward (click here for a list of the other contests as they get added) contest for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. And now that I am winner, you know what that means?  That’s right! I’ll be giving away a copy on my blog within a few weeks of me receiving the book. *throws confetti*

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  1. I feel like I could have written this post! I wrote the first book in my head for a decade, so the words just flowed. The second, not so much. The paralysis is a killer!

    Jody Hedlund has some really great posts on her website about characters, plotting, and conflict. Maybe they’ll help you map out your characters’ motivations.

  2. Congrats on winning the contest!!!! I hope I win a copy of that book too so I can spread the love. Or maybe I’ll just go buy one and give it away!

  3. Yay for the contest! And I too have a Shiny New Idea–but I’m not ready to start it yet. I have to collect ideas, and get my character motivations and plot generalities down first. Like, I will be trying to write a logline (one-sentence summary) so I know the general direction, and maybe also write a book jacket-type summary. I have to have a general roadmap before I start typing. :) I’m “simmering” right now, and jotting down my ideas in a document.

  4. I made the mistake of jumping genres for my second book. Never again.

    And I was a panster for my first book so it flowed. My 3rd was a little more tedious, lots of research so I had to follow a loose outline. Which isn’t so bad. I’m actually following it pretty well. Try that, it might help.

  5. I had a BFF in elementary school named Anne Gallagher. :) Oddly, she doesn’t appear in ANY of the class photos posted recently by a friend on facebook. #iswearshewasreal

    You have hit on something here Anne, I have changed genre (still YA, but a mystery instead of fantasy. Perhaps that is my problem.

    I will attempt to plot it out more thoroughly though. It isn’t letting me go just yet.

    Thanks for the thoughts ladies.

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