Recently I've hit them all. After I finished the second book in my trilogy, I started on the third book immediately. On page 75, I hit a pothole. It wasn't a big one. I had a synopsis, I knew where I was going. But it rattled me and detoured me for a few days.
Then, around page 150, I hit a massive speed bump. You know the ones when you're going much faster than you should be, so when you hit it, the top of your head bounces against the roof of your car. Ouch! I realized I didn't like the last 50 pages I had written. Uh oh, had to cut and save those pages in a new file...couldn't let them go!
Then I hit a stop sign. I had surgery. It was scheduled and I felt sure that after a couple of days, I'd be ready to write again. Sure I had to stay in bed, but my sweet husband had me all set up with my laptop, bunches of pillows and plenty of snacks. Somehow, probably because of the pain meds, concentration was almost impossible. Though I will admit that I did write one scene that I don't remember writing and it was actually pretty good. That one scene was pretty much it though. It's taken almost three weeks for me to feel even close to being ready to write coherently.
Today, coherent and feeling much better, my road sign was merge. Remember those 50 pages I cut? Well, I went back and read them. Ended up using at least 45 pages, merging them with other pages I had written. So glad I didn't hit that delete!
Tomorrow, I'm hopeful that now the merging is over, I'm on a smooth, four lane highway, the wind is at my back, the road is dry and the sign ahead of me reads, No exits or rest stops for the next 250 miles...uh pages.
What have your roads signs been reading lately?