With every book I hit a wall.
After writing nearly 50 books, I’ve come to expect it and look for it.
The Wall never happens during the first draft, only the second. That’s when I start working on the book from the beginning and go all the way to the end. I’ve heard of writers who write each chapter perfectly in the first draft and never revise, but that isn’t me. Although I plot very well before I begin a book, the characters come alive and change things.
In this book, the Wall didn’t happen where I thought it would. I sailed through the beginning and the middle and got a brick face right around the end.
What do I mean, the Wall?
Well, it’s not when you run out of ideas. It’s when your brain shuts down because of a problem. You know it’s there. You’re just not sure what it is exactly.
The fun thing is that the more books you write, the faster you get at figuring out what the problem is.
I realized that there were too many subplots. Once I removed one of the major subplots and tweaked some other stuff, it’s fixed. The Wall magically disappeared.
How about you? Have you ever known something didn’t work, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong?