My impasse has been broken. I resolved an issue between two characters.
A chapter ended with an argument and both of them left angry. Initially, I followed their disagreement with several chapters outlining their emotional internalizations. My writing coach, Alida Winternheimer, critiqued them as, frankly, “boring”.
I couldn’t let their back-stories go. I wanted to tell the reader all about it. This created my impasse. Again Alida hit the nail on the head. I needed to focus on action not musings. The former obviously more appropriate for a biotech thriller.
I moved the back-story chapters into my “revision” folder and began a rewrite. Focusing on “action”, I distilled the “internalization” chapters into one. A definite improvement.
This year ended on a high note. The joy of writing has returned. In closing I want to wish you all a happy, and, more importantly, a healthy New Year.