Friday, November 27, 2009

Slogging through the middle, knee deep in doubt

I've been doing a fairly good job avoiding the sexy other projects, new and old, that have been trying to tempt me away from A HAND TO HOLD. I know exactly what's happening - I'm staring at the Dreaded Middle, and thinking there just might be a way around, some way I might not have to face myself just now. But I do. And I must. The only way is to keep writing.

Yesterday I scribbled out a scene that happens outside my MC's point of view, and will likely not be included anywhere as I'm using first person. In this scene, Carrie's best friend Erin spills some private information to Luke - the new lover. This leads up to the fight that ends the middle and starts us on the chain of events leading to the climax.

I've been wondering how to stage the actual confrontation between Luke and Carrie. there are events in his past that make it hard for him to trust, consequently he is very big on honesty. Carrie hasn't lied, she just hasn't told him (about the night she overdosed on sleeping pills.) This feels like a big betrayal to him, so how does he act? How does he tell her he knows? How does Luke fight?

How does Carrie react? She's never seen him angry like this, she's shocked. She's finally allowed herself to love and be intimate, and suddenly he's shoving her away with both hands. I suppose she's angry. She knows how he feels about honesty, but she doesn't feel she owed him that information. That's private, and she's stubborn. Hmmm.

So I wrote out the conversation between Erin and Luke, just thinking that if I knew myself exactly what was said, I might have some insight into how Luke would react. I also figured out a bit more about where Erin's coming from. I'm pleased with it.

So today, odds are work will be busy. In between, I'll see if I can't get into Carrie's head a little.

But first, coffee!


Danica-Dragonfly said...

Good luck ... this writing thing sounds like way more work and dedication than I would ever be willing to put in.

Good luck, Cindy

Deniz Bevan said...

Coffee, for sure!
I think writing a scene you normally wouldn't is a great idea - a good way to jump back into the excitement of a story. Don't know what the SLs have planned for December's exercise, if any, but would love to do something like that... Anything to spark me out of my own middle rut...

Cindy said...

Dani Fly:
Some days, I agree. I just can't not, it keeps coming back. Thanks!

Cindy said...

Hi Deniz:
It was a good exercise. I don't do the ones in the forum, I know they'd be good, but I don't have the time.

The middle is hard, innit?