To pause, is this really a place where nothing is happening when a writer is writing? For me there is a difference between a pause and a stop. While my manuscript for my current book is with my beta readers I have chosen not to actively work on it. My goal is to have a fresh set of eyes when it is time to tackle the edits I get back from my beta readers. As of now, I have received most of my beta reader’s feedback. You could say I have a ninety percent solution.
All of the beta reader feedback so far, has pointed out one thing that absolutely needed revision. After a few days thought I was able to process and draft an idea for the needed change.
One of my beta reader’s thoughts revealed something important about a character. There is a characterization choice that could impact the long term, throwing off follow on story lines. The good news is I don’t need to write new chapters to fix what was pointed out. The changes required can be subtle or maybe a more dramatic revision of one chapter. We’ll see, I don’t know yet what the right choice will be.
More pressure to flush this out will arise when my last beta reader’s feedback comes back. Until then I am in a pause. I have given my minds focus over to other things. Actively engaging in other stories. I don’t like forcing ideas, especially when they involve something this important. My days have been occupied with everything from the usual mundane housework work, to the tasks I enjoy. Every once in awhile I hit the play button and I see where my subconscious has gone with my characterization dilemma. I’ll get a little piece of it, jot it down, and then hit the pause button again. These pauses work for me, and I revisit the issue at different points in time. When my emotions are neutral or heightened and I get a glimpse of how they feel at different moments. These pauses help form the right answer. I look forward to finding the solution when it is time to hit play again.