I’ve been lucky enough as a writer to always have an idea handy. It’s actually rare for me to run out. However, not all ideas are good, in fact some really stink. So, though I don’t suffer from writer’s block I do fall into writing slumps. Early in my writing career when this happened I was devastated. I loved the story, loved the characters, and simply couldn’t fathom not finishing the book. But truth be told, it was boring and I couldn’t figure out how to liven it up. I took a hiatus from it and wrote something else for a few days. When I finally revisited the manuscript I took a good hard look at it and asked myself, why do I like this one so much? One of the answers was because of a particular character. So that day I decided to write a few lines from her point of view, and I was absolutely astounded. The story flew out of my head and through my fingers. All the stuttering I’d been suffering from stopped as if my muse had simply been waiting to speak in that other voice.
You might wonder why it took me a bit to switch POVs in that particular manuscript. The reason is because I went from third person to first. I had been very intimidated by first person because it felt so intimate. I would have to really get into my characters’ heads and live through them. Also, I’d heard from a few sources that many people don’t like to read first person. Once I switched it for the MS and finished the book that was still a concern. However, I was so happy with the way the story played out I knew it wasn’t meant to be written any other way. I decided my work would have to speak for itself and hopefully readers who don’t normally prefer first person would still enjoy the book. I wound up writing a whole series after that and the fourth and final book will be out in May.
*Make reading a guilty pleasure…*