Master of Our Universe - How We Handle Time
It's at these intervals, I remind myself that I'm the master of my universe. How I play things out goes according to my schedule, according to what works best for the book.
Maybe you've been stuck in this "limbo-like" state, wondering so what am I supposed to do now? Well, if so, take comfort because you're definitely not alone. These moments can definitely strike during the first draft, if you're a "panster" like me, meaning you write without an outline, and go with the flow. But I find they really impact me during revisions when I'm trying to ensure everything is progressing with a certain realism.
Sometimes, I hit a block where I tell myself, wait a minute this doesn't work right now, and I have to think forward events through. There's been times when I say that it took a half hour to do this, when logically the action could be stretched for an hour to two. Well then...if the hour or two suits the purpose of the book better, it seems like a simple solution - right? Might not seem like it in the moment if you get dead-locked as I have in the past. But at this point, I try to recite the simple phrase: I'm the master of the universe. In other words, I don't need to feel compressed by self-inflicted constraints. I can change things, rearrange events, maneuver time in my favor.