Initial sparks of inspiration are important, no doubt about it. (Where's a writer without a basic plotline?) But for me, those ah-ha! moments come pretty frequently. I get new ideas before I get a chance to get a current book finished...And I love the setup...I adore getting those first few chapters down on paper.
The middle? Not so much. I find middles extremely difficult. It's so easy for me, once I hit the middle of a book, to gravitate toward a new idea, and sink into a fresh beginning all over again.
I find that I need a burst of inspiration to kick me into gear again once I hit that middle. And nothing works better than just a little bit of kindness...a sweet gesture. Below are a couple of "Because You've Been Working So Hard" bouquets that recently made their way to my kitchen table.
...And judging by my crazy-good word count lately, boy have they worked...