I'm Liz and I haven't written a word in four days.
Okay, that's not funny. Why can't I get motivated to write? Because I am at the sagging middle of my story. You know the part where you don't know where to go next and you try to fill it up with crap.
When I wrote the proposal for my mystery series, I assumed cozies were 50K words. Since I was once told by a Mills and Boon editor that I write way too much plot for category, I made sure I didn’t make that mistake in what I thought was my category-length mystery.
Imagine my surprise when the contract came back saying they wanted around 80K. Not to worry, I thought. I’m the queen of complicated plots and twists.
Have I told you lately I’m not a pantser? I like things all laid out on paper before I even begin a story. Mind you, they don’t always end up exactly as I’ve outlined, but usually the core synopsis points remain the same. It’s weird because anyone who knows me would say I am definitely a “spur-of-the-moment” kind of girl. Don’t try to pin me down three weeks in advance because something usually comes up and I can’t make it. Instead, call me the day you want to do lunch and I’m there.
So, why am I having such a hard time with the sagging middle? I’ve changed the killer, layered with subplots and still, I need about 5 more chapters before I can solve the mystery and write “The End.”
I’m screwed! I have a July 1st deadline and for some reason, Mr. Lipperman and I are going on three vacations before then.
Are you freakin’ kidding me? Who does this?
Okay, here comes the zinger. Knowing me, I did it on purpose. I'm a card-carrying crisis junkie who does her best work under pressure. Hopefully, this is how the saga will play out this time or – did I mention I was screwed?
These next two weeks are going to be critical for me, as far as the manuscript goes. I may do something I’ve never done before and write the last chapters now, then go back and fill in the others later. I need inspiration.
Thank heavens, Easter is right around the corner. I love those peanut butter and chocolate eggs.
Another dilemma. The chocolate may help me fix my “sagging” middle, but it won’t be pretty on my other "sagging” middle.
What’s a girl to do?
I’d love to hear how you tackle this problem in your writing. If you tell me you don’t have this problem, I will hunt you down and make you eat the marshmallow chicks that I hate so much!!