Well, my best intentions aren’t working. Although I managed to write a bit more, I’m still stalled. I heard about writer’s block. Wow, is this what it feels like?
Contemplating possible reasons, I realized that in both recently started projects, there is no real antagonist. Both have a fairly strong protagonist. (One so strong I’m not even sure I like her). Last time, the character trait of the antagonist was the starting place for the novel and the main character came second. Certain aspects from my original what if question changed during the writing process, but it helped to shape and drive the story.
Recently, I pulled something out of a drawer that I wrote about eight years ago. It is quite rough around the edges, but I instantly remembered the “what if” question that started the whole thing in motion. And it was the character trait of the antagonist. There are possibilities in this piece that I’m not sure even exist in the present writing.
At least now I know why.