Paula thinks writing is sometimes like riding a yo-yo.
During the last few weeks
I’ve been up and down with my current WIP. Riding high when a scene goes well,
dropping down when I get stuck on a scene or conversation – and frequently
getting hopelessly tied up in the string when the story plot became tangled.
As a child, I used to
practise for hours with a yoyo, and became very frustrated when I couldn’t get
the thing to wind back up the string after I’d thrown it. I felt the same kind
of frustration last week when I couldn’t get the first chapter of my WIP right,
even after several attempts. I felt I was dangling helplessly on the end of the
string. With 12 chapters of the story already written, I was in a situation
that I’d never experienced before i.e. not knowing the right point at which to
actually start the story.
So I put the yo-yo away for a
couple of days while I thought about it. However, the more I thought, the more
tangled the string became, so in the end I metaphorically cut the string,
threaded a new length of string onto the yo-yo, and started my first chapter
Success! So far I’ve managed
to keep the yo-yo spinning – until the next time it gets stuck again!