Sometimes Things don’t go as Planned

Angry, Frustrated WomanI’m at the end of a book. I  think. I  hope.

This story has been a pain in my butt since day one. I’ve already rewritten the entire first 40,o00 words. Today, 76,000 words into the manuscript, I have an epiphany about my hero’s character arc.


I’m almost done.  Now my muse is telling me I have it all wrong?

I hate my muse. She’s a moody bitch.

OK, so she’s also right (which makes me hate her even more).

I plotted this book before I started writing it, just like I do every time. But as the writing progressed, something wasn’t right. The story didn’t flow. Half-way through, I decided to let my muse have her way. I replotted the ENTIRE book and rewrote nearly 175 pages.

Sometimes things just don’t go the way they’re planned. Sometimes characters have other ideas, or the story takes on its own life and MUST have its way.

Anyway, you won’t be hearing from me again until this WIP is done.  I’m not going to make my muse’s demanding changes yet. I’ll push through and finish the draft, but my list of project notes is PAGES and PAGES long. The editing stage will be lengthy and painful with  this book.

Going back into the cave. Wish me luck,


4 responses to “Sometimes Things don’t go as Planned

  1. Good luck, Melinda. My characters tend to go in their own direction at times. I’ve had a secondary character decide he needed to be the primary. It wasn’t until I finished about 20 pages in his point of view that I realized that my work had been hijacked.
    To get him to shut up, I had to promise to write his own series of short stories. Once I got him in that proverbial closet, I was able to work on my book again. (He still pounds on that door on occasion. Big Grin).

    Dennis Clarkston
    AKA Clark Stone

  2. LOL to both Melinda and Clark.

    Just had parent conferences with my sixth grade son’s language arts teacher. She tells me, ” Your son is doing well. He gets all the concepts and actually writes fairly well. We are just having difficulty getting him to follow the rules. He doesn’t see the need for outlines and rough drafts. He likes to write his way.” I can believe this as we have similar issues with this at home- he seems to think his way is the right way, such a tween. The teacher goes on to say,” he told me (the teacher) last week, as he reluctantly handed in an outline of his next writing assignment ‘I know a published author and she says that sometimes characters have to tell you where the story goes next so you can just start writing and see where the story goes.’ to which I (the teacher) told him ‘when you become a professional author, you can use what ever writing style and method you like, for now you need to write the outline and hand in rough drafts’ ” After agreeing with the teacher and telling her I would talk with my son about following directions, I laughed about this because I understand the need to get him to follow the requirements within the classroom, but I love the idea that he sees his characters as talking to him and telling him what should happen next.
    Who knows, maybe one day I will be asking him to sign my copy of his book.
    Good luck with your WIP Melinda- and give your muse a break. She has seemed to serve you well so far.

  3. Yes, kids need to follow the rules. And you should tell your son that most writers DO make outlines (or synopses) of their stories. Deadlines and publishing proposals make planning a necessity. That said, it’s important to be flexible too. Sometimes the characters do know what’s best.

    Good luck to your young writer!

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