I go through these thankfully short phases every so often. Sometimes it’s because there are difficulties in other areas of my life that take away from my creative energy. When this happens, all I can do is go back and edit what’s already been written while the creative juices were flowing.
That’s what I’m doing right now with Men of Tokyo: Sudden Heat. I’m at just about 52k words which is more than three-quarters finished and have pretty much ground to a halt for the moment as far as writing the end. The story arc has almost reached its highest point and from there, it’s not made itself clear in my mind how it all resolves. Of course, the major resolution is a happy ever after, but not the chain of events that leads to it. There is a great deal of complexity in all the characters involved in the conflict and takes more mental juices than I have at my disposal.
I can say, however, that Hiru has turned out to be, for me, one of the sexiest men in the stories I’ve written. He too, is emotionally complex and so sweet and good-hearted, all of that together, put into his brawny physique, is just a delicious combination! So even though the story isn’t flowing at the moment, I am able to spend nice moments thinking about his character. lol.
I’m not disheartened. As a writer, I’ve been going through this dip in creative energy on and off for the last five years and so have learned that it ebbs and flows when it’s meant to. I have faith. In the meantime, I will just enjoy reading over what I’ve done so far and making it better. This I do have inspiration for because I’ve been reading people’s lovely comments on the White Tigers fanlist. If anything, I’ll get to the end of this work-in-progress so as not to let those people down.