As I sit by my computer staring at my latest WIP, I wonder to myself where this book is going. When I read a novel, I love it when I couldn’t predict what will happen on the next page, but as a writer, I should at least have an inkling as to where the story is headed. Right? Well, not in this case. When I started writing “Midnight Lover” I knew what will happen romantically in the book. I had a general idea of the subplots and conflicts . . . but wait, nothing (and I mean nothing) is going according to plan. I planned for it to be a fast paced action romance, instead it’s a slow moving romantic suspense. I planned on the hero being introduced early in the story, but now I’m 12,000 words in and only now we learn the hero’s name. More than that, I broke one of writing’s rules with the very first scene. A part of me is screaming rewrite, rewrite, rewrite; this will never get published. Yet, another part of me is saying to leave it as it is, it’s perfect this way. So which part do I listen to; the logic (rewrite, NOW!) or the instinct (keep the way it is)? It took me a while to decide, but I think I’ll follow my instincts (if I ever find the time to write at all). What if it’s the wrong decision, though?
Question for you: When faced with a decision of instinct vs logic, which do you choose? Does it usually work out for the better in the end?