I have crashed cars. (Yes, multiple... but let's stick to the topic here). And when you crash them, they don't really.... um... go. anywhere. anymore.
This is kinda what writer's block feels like. Like something is broken and the story won't go anymore. It has happened to every writer, and it has been the bane of my writing existence this month. After I got some feedback from my lovely CP, I had some good ideas about making a change to the beginning and cutting a few things that could wait to be explained later in the story. So, with all this in mind, I wrote the next scene.
A short scene. Like... a few pages. And then. The car. Crashed.
And there I was, in the passenger seat, saying, "Wait a minute! This was supposed to work better!"
And right off the bat, I knew what was wrong - my MC's mother did something that derailed her character completely. I know, I have blindly followed the crazy things characters do, yelled at them, frowned upon them, cursed at them for laughing at me behind my back when I named them the wrong thing... and later realized that they were right. However, this time, I think Mama was just desperate for a little more screen time or something, and she Thelma & Louise'd the story right into the ground just by reacting a certain way in a scene with the MC. Because it totally threw everything off.
And then I got bummed. Because my fix didn't fix, it made things worse. And everything I tried to add after that sucked. So I complained and ate chocolate and went back on Facebook after my 4 month hiatus (which has now re-begun) and fretted and wondered what to do. This went on for about a woeful week.
And then, today, as I was driving home from work, it occured to me how to rewrite the scene to make it work. So I will be doing that shortly, and hopefully it will send my WiP to the repair shop. And Mama will be getting a very stern talking to (and perhaps a forceable license removal). :)