Have you ever managed to paint yourself into the proverbial corner because of your words? What did you do while waiting for them “to dry”?
I haven’t experienced that issue yet; I don’t write any fiction, aside from slowly finishing the last chapters of my novel where my heroine is exploring New York City for the first time in the mid 1920’s. I am trying to be as historically accurate as possible and in keeping with that desired outcome, it can be a little bit like painting oneself into a corner when you find out that a desired landmark for a potential story line wasn’t finished in the proper chronological order so it doesn’t fit within your timeline, but this doesn’t really count because I simply move the action to another historic landmark in keeping with my timeline and trust me, New York City is chockfull of historic landmarks from every single time period, dating all the way to the mid 1600’s when the Dutch were here, so I haven’t been worrying about boxing myself in with anything.
Now if I were a mystery writer that would most probably be the biggest issue plaguing me because at the heart of any successful mystery, you need logical progression, plausibility, deniability , continuity and suspense. All of these ingredients can make painting yourself into a corner very easy. I am so glad that I am just wrestling with my straightforward and easy novel. My issue is my own difficulty with opening myself up in my novel. I feel very vulnerable writing this novel and it is difficult, but I am getting there slowly but surely.