Nope, you can’t. And I don’t mean that loving feeling. I mean your gut, your instincts.
Let me explain.
A month or so back I announced the end of my editing process. All I had to do was type it up, write the query letter and off to join the ranks of published authors. Except I barely touched my manuscript. Oh I wrote a few shorts but no traction on my WIP.
Then I drew a blank.
Nah, couldn’t be. I only get writer’s block when…but no it certainly was not writer’s block. Just take a few days off, concentrate on the query letter and by the time the first acceptance/rejection letters (or email’s) come back I would have this manuscript ready to go.
Then…nothing. I stressed over the query. Cobbled up something together, yadda, yadda, yadda, but the manuscript remained locked inside its blue binder.
Today, while it poured outside the window of the cafe I realized that yes, I hadn’t finish yet and my subconscious knew it, ergo, the walls came up as they usually do.
What was the problem?
I didn’t bother to wrap up the romantic subplot. I extended it, but did not finish it. Now it hangs there, but I have a good idea how I’m going to do it.
And it will be done.
Plus a (re)learned a valuable lesson. Writers can’t ignore their instincts. They might be wrong, but you do well to listen just the same.
And now for a video. Kings of Convenience-Failure: