I have a big problem with my current project. It’s not exactly writer’s block. It’s more like … editor’s block.
And continuing on with the “block” terminology, it’s kind of like dominoes. Or JENGA. Remember Jenga? That game where you try to carefully remove a block from the stack without toppling the whole pile? I remember playing that for the very first time at a graduation party my friend Kim and I threw when we graduated from high school waaaaaay back in the late 80s. My kids play it now, except our dog chewed about 1/3 of the blocks, which makes them quite a bit less easy to pull out of the stack without toppling the whole thing. Dog…!
So, back to my problem.
I need to take out a little part of my story. But if I take out this part, it changes the need for a previous part, which changes the need for a previous part, and so on and so on.
And…if I change it, simply switch it up a little, then it changes what’s at stake for the main character entirely.
I’ve walked all the way around the table, looking at which blocks to pull, how to safely move them around, how to make this work.
I can’t see it. At my writers group today, they had some suggestions, but then, they could see how those changes would make the whole tower fall too.
It’s a conundrum. A real, Jenga puzzler.
Oh, wait. I think I’ve got something…