Some days it's crappy being a writer. You can't get the words right, or to come out at all. You can't figure out how to make your plot work, and every idea you have feels trite and tired. You think maybe being a postman or a chocolate quality control worker must surely be a better way to go about your life.
That is not this day, in the immortal words of Aragorn.
These past few days are the sort that remind me why I am a writer, why I have always wanted to BE a writer even as a small child (after I gave up my dream of being a doctor-nurse-dentist). I had an idea, a simple "What if this character switched places with that character?", that totally changed my WIP.
Five front and back handwritten pages later, and my WIP has become more awesome than even I thought possible. Just one little question, and I managed to work in several elements that I never thought I would be able to work into a book, and an idea I discarded early on in the development process as "not going to work this time". The excellent news is my WIP has not really changed from what I had before, it's just deeper now.
I realized that as a writer you need to question everything. Readers are going to make assumptions about your novel, and that's okay. Heck, it's necessary, and allows you to make some cool twists based on these assumptions. But you are the writer and can't assume anything. Just because your idea has X, Y, and Z going on doesn't mean it's in your better interest to accept that at face value. Either during the development process or after you're done with the first draft, check your novel for any assumptions you may have made.
Because you might have some really awesome ideas lurking beneath the surface.
Happy Friday everyone, and have a great weekend.