I hit my first roadblock today, which was…not exactly a welcome thing, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As I went to sit down and write my next scene (the one leading up to the end of part one), I realized that I had written myself into a corner when I’d chosen to use an old Victorian house as my sanatorium. So, instead of using my time to write, I sat down and researched sanatoriums…and both colonial and Victorian houses. Finally, after nearly an hour, I found a layout which I could adapt to suit my purposes.
I spent the next hour painfully looking at the schematics for a tall, multi-level Victorian house, and restructuring it so that I could work for what I needed it to. This meant a lot of slow sketching, and a lot of frustrated erasing. I ended by doing a bird’s eye sketch of the landscape in question, so that I would have everything I need the next time I sit down to write (tomorrow).
The lesson from all this, for me, at least, is that roadblocks are huge pains in the ass, but can be very, very necessary. Honestly, I am not sure I would have been able to bring part one to a strong close if I had tried to write without having a visual to reference.
So, though I would have preferred to finish the first part of this SUCKAH today, I am kind of glad I ran into the Victor Von Doom of stumbling blocks. This is going to make my life so, so, sooo much easier.