I’m a quarter of the way through my latest work-in-process. I have the initial incident details, the character’s goals, motivations and conflicts defined. In my process, this is the point where I need to reevaluate everything I’ve written and loosely outline the rest of the books.
It’s also the point where I always decide the entire project is stupid. EPIC FAIL No one will ever want to read it. What was I thinking? I should abandon the entire thing and start over. Ack!
For me, this is the low point of my draft. It’s serious outline/synopsis time. This is when I identify the midpoint, the climax, and how my main characters have to change by the end of the book. I also determine how plot and character arc will intersect at the black moment. If need be, I’ll break out the colored note cards.
Once I get past the middle of a book, the second half tends to flow smoothly. My ducks are already in a row, and I only have to follow the outline. Details seems to take care of themselves.
But I’m not there yet. I’m still in limbo–and so is my story.
Does this ever happen to you? Are you ever plagued with doubts mid-WIP? How do you progress beyond that point?