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. It does happen! We just have to keep mulling it over and asking ourselves ‘what if…?’

  4. ‘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.

    • 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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