It was about time. Or it wasn't. I don't really know when, if there is such a time, where you know all the stuff about your story, but last night I saw the bigger picture. (The Kamikaze move actually helped me a lot!)
Usually, I write following my gut. There is a scene that prompts me to write, a character or some random words that came to mind and turned out to be a story. That usually goes on until I'm pretty close to the end where, at last, I know how the story is going to end.
But now, 50K into the story, I saw the events unfolding, getting into place and staring back at me. A few details are still missing but I know what happened to her, I know who did it to her, I know where she's gotten herself into but I don't know the ending. So this is the opposite of what I'm used to. It's like I'm on a wild ride, like reading a book instead of writing it. It's fun.
But at the same time, even if I know the whole story and I feel kind of secure about the events that take place, I have another "technical" issue!
I write the story in two different timelines. I started writing that way because it helped me move the story forward and it was so much fun to write something that I didn't really know how it would fit into the story. And then it clicked and it was so good and addictive!
These two timelines will eventually collide, but I still don’t see it. I had a glimpse of an idea on how it's gonna be but I lost it and now I feel disoriented and a little sad. It worries me more than the ending because I know the end will come to me eventually. What about the two timelines though? How may I going to merge them and continue the story as one? Any ideas?
I'll keep writing, waiting to see if it's gonna come to me. But if I don't, I see this issue rising up like a wall and transforming to a writer's block. I cross my fingers that it won't come to that!
So, do you have everything figured out when you're writing? How do you deal with unexpected ideas and how do you handle crisis?