Unexpected inspiration

You have to grab good ideas when they find you, or they’ll pass you by and someone else will get them. Someone, I think a musician, said something along these lines, and the idea stuck with me. You never know when you’ll be struck with inspiration, and you need to be able to┬ácapture it or it will fly away. For several months, since December or January, I’ve been struggling with a major plot point in the novel I began for NaNoWriMo. As I edited the novel, the hole became more and more glaring, and no matter how I tried to fix it, nothing felt right. Night after night I tried to come up with a solution, writing lots of bits I later cut, and redoing the previous chapters to try to make something work. All these attempts, however, were failures. Nothing clicked. It got so discouraging that I had a hard time staying motivated to finish the project, and caught … Read more…