I have an upcoming deadline that's looming too close for comfort, and since I'm not a fast writer, I'm feeling some pressure. The writing is going good. I'm happy with the plot and the characters, I'm writing every day, paying attention to word count, and watching the pages add up, but I still have so much to do. I would love to have my rough draft finished by now, take a month break from the story, then start on edits. Not happening. I've spent the past two days stuck on one scene. Not because I don't know have any idea what happens next, but because I have two things that could happen next. Which one do I choose?
This is where my indecisiveness trips me up. Either option would work, maybe equally well, and that's the problem. I can't decide between them. I look at pros and cons, try to weigh which is better for the story, but still I can't decide. Maybe I'm thinking too hard. Sometimes I can move to a different place in the manuscript and the issue will resolve itself based on what happens there, but sometimes I can't move on until I know.
Eventually the breakthrough comes, sometimes through brainstorming with someone else, my CP or hubby. Sometimes seeing a movie or reading something in a book will spark an answer. More often than not, the answer comes in the wee hours when I'm trying to sleep, as it did this time. I had gone to bed at a decent hour, something that's rare for me. I woke after three hours and couldn't go back to sleep. So I let my mind go. And bam! there it was. A solution staring me in the face.
Austin had just come to bed after a bout of insomnia and I didn't want to keep him awake, so I grabbed my iPhone, dove under the covers, and started making notes. After the frustration of the past two days, I wasn't taking any chances that I might forget the solution to my problem. I was suffocating under the covers, but exhilarated. Even more exhilarated when Austin decided he still couldn't sleep and I was able to pull my head out from under the covers and breathe. It was beautiful. The ideas were flying, and in less than an hour I had fixed that problem and another scene that was going to be an issue later on.
All writers get stuck in scenes, but do you ever get stuck because you have more than one option?