Did you ever get to a place in your manuscript when you're just stuck for no good reason? I don't mean blocked when you don't even know what happens next or can't find your way forward. I mean stuck like you've got the remaining third nicely mapped out but your muse (who was so kind and attentive two months ago...) has gone on a long vacation and your characters are boring you to death and you don't give a crap whether they find way to overturn their sentence and live happily ever after...
Yeah. That was me a couple of days ago. The magic was gone.
Then I thought...I could start back at the beginning and maybe see where the magic went away. Then maybe I can find a way to get it back. The trouble is I don't like going back to the beginning before I've completed a first draft because that's how stuff languishes and never gets finished. However, I reluctantly broke my rule and read chapters one and three again (these are Peace's chapters and I wanted to make sure one followed the other even though there was another pov chapter between them). Then I read chapters two and four (Mal's chapters) to see how they stood up to the magic test.
The good news? There's magic there and that makes me happy. Further, sometimes it's okay to break those arbitrary rules we make for ourselves.
Better news? Winter is finally going to end on the 20th whether it wants to or not!
So, how's your writing going?