I’m working on the second book in my Jewish contemporary romance series and I got myself stuck. Really stuck. You know the idea of the sagging middle? Where you slog through, but nothing really happens? It’s the equivalent of watching paint dry. Well, that’s where I’ve been for a couple of weeks now.
My characters are no longer talking to me. I’m inventing things for the to do just to get from point A to point B, where I have a great, pivotal scene planned. I’m getting bored. And if I’m getting bored, the reader is going to get bored too.
I spent some time thinking and I realized what the problem was. I needed a better handle on who my characters were and what their goals and motivations were. I’ve made notes, and I know how to fix things. But it requires going back to the beginning and adding some key things.
And for that, I need time. I don’t have the time now. My kids are home and I just don’t have the uninterrupted time to devote to the book right now. So, for the moment, I’m focusing on the other story I’ve been writing—that’s one of the benefits I’ve found of working on two projects simultaneously. Once the kids go back to school, I’ll devote my time to the sequel.