I’m sure lots of other writers and indeed most of us who have decisions to make often get stuck in the middle. I’m currently working on the first draft of a new family saga set in 1946. I know how it starts. I know how it ends. I’ve written the first 40,000 words and although I know I’m going to have to revise these 40,000 words several times (yes, I have to put them in the right order, ha ha ha), they’ve more or less set up the story to my satisfaction.
So now I’ve got everyone into trouble, and they need to get out of trouble. They don’t know how, and neither do I. So they’re all sitting on the wall smoking and looking at their finger nails and chewing gum while I make my mind up.
I think I’m going to leave them to sulk and mutter among themselves for a while. I’m going to write the ending in which there’ll be some kind of happy-ever-after. Or at least I’ll leave my hero and heroine in places they are happy to be.
I know I’m going to have to get going on that middle part of the story fairly soon, but I’m hoping that having a half-decent ending already written will help me to sort out the middle part, during which my hero and heroine are going to need to have problems, my bad guy might get a great opportunity to ruin their lives, the hero’s first girlfriend might realise she wants him back, the heroine might decide she’s out of her depth and is going to take an overdose…
Stop panicking, I keep telling myself. Just keep walking over the bridge, keep your eyes on the prize, and forget about the river flowing hundreds of feet below!