I think I’ve solved (part of) my problem with Brian’s next story. You see, I was starting at the beginning and clearly, that was the wrong way to go about it.
Let me back up a little. The story as it was presented to me my by convoluted subconscious is a bit of a mystery. There’s a bad guy doing Nefarious Things and Brian doesn’t know who he is, and just a little about what’s going on when he starts looking into it. The wall I kept hitting was that I wasn’t sure what Brian needed to see and figure out to get him to the bad guy, let alone emerge victorious somehow. And the problem, it turned out, was that I didn’t know enough about the ending of the story.
So I’m going to spend the next few days writing the end, then I’m going to go back to the beginning and start over. I’m actually doing the same thing with one of my new stories, going through and writing some of the end of it, so I can go back and plant the seeds for that conclusion back through the beginning and the middle.
I will be the first to admit that I’m no Agatha Christie here. Even if someone ends up murdered, there will be no dapper little detective neatly tying it all up, but still. I think I might be on to something here. I’m feeling much more confident about sorting out the story, which, I hope, will make for a more fun book to read. And if a book isn’t fun to read, then really, what’s the point?