Does anyone else ever get this? You get stuck trying to begin the next chapter? You know where the book is going, but the rudder seems to be stuck?
Maybe it's because I'm a pantser and not a plotter. I mean I have a rough idea about my plot and where the book is going but sometimes just not sure how to get there. I started my current work-in-progress with the voice of a really great character, but no real plot. Two chapters in and I still didn't have a plot. Half way through chapter three, I hatched a plotline, or at least an idea for a plot line.
And then last weekI ended chapter three with, "Your father is an assassin." Sure, it's a great hook. Who's not going to turn the page to find out how chapter four turns out? But, the problem I have is what comes next? Immediately next. Your father is an assassin. Then what?
So, this week I've spent some time brainstorming and figuring it out. New chapter-itis. Nothing much gets done on the chapter, but a lot of figuring out. I think I've come up with the book's ending. I've come up with a couple of cool sub-plots. And I think I finally have the beginning of chapter four...
"If my father's an assassin, where's be been every time I've gotten stuffed into a locker?" If you're going to have a father who kills people shouldn't you get a pass on peer abuse?
Now that my rudder seems to be unstuck, we'll see if its smooth sailing ahead.