I started a new book this week. In my head, it sounds really cool and I had a really interesting way I wanted to tell the story.
But when faced with a blank screen, the words didn't come as easily as I'd hoped. The structure I thought I wanted to use doesn't seem to be working as well as it did in my imagination.
I thought writing each section of the book in two weeks was achievable, but unless the words start flowing much more smoothly in the next day or so, that just isn't going to happen.
I'm under-performing. My expectations were much higher than what I find I'm capable of.
And I don't know why.
Maybe it's the structure I chose. I tried a different approach last night, cutting in a chapter from the POV of one of the other characters in the hope that might help. It did a little, but I'm still not certain I'm heading in the right direction.
I've thought about tightening the timeline so each character only gets a day or two of the story to cover, but I'm not sure that's going to work either. I even got desperate and tried to outline a little bit, but that never works for me. I just ended up getting more discouraged.
I know I'll find a way into this story. But I doubt I'm going to finish the first 15K by May 1st which is what I had planned to do.
How do you deal with your own underperforming?