I am trying to write a novel. I love the story. I love the character. But after nine months of whenever the mood hits me writing, I had 32,000 words. This week I added another 7,000. So now I am up to 39,000. Of course, the book is going to take about 150,000. With that in mind, I am less than a third of the way through.
Why is it that when I have time, I don't have inspiration? I have had plenty of time this week to write, but I haven't done it. (Except for the half day when I wrote the 7000 words.)
I wonder if it is because the story hasn't jelled in my head. I mean, I know how some of it is going to go, but I don't quite have the bridge to get from where I am to there yet. It's hard to write when you don't know where you are going with the ideas.
The 7000 words are side stories which I had thought about beforehand, when I first introduced two characters into the story. I had a strong basic idea for who these two characters were and where they came from. Then I just started writing their stories. I found out a lot more about them than I thought I knew. Toban was a grandfather! And the stories were a lot stronger than I had really thought out. (Ideas in my head just came out when I was typing.)
Anyway, that leaves me wondering if I don't have a strong enough story line in the main section right now or, if I just wrote, if the story would write itself. I don't want to know though, I guess, so I am writing about it here.
It isn't exactly writer's block. It's more like writer's procrastination. Any ideas for getting over that?