I’ve been writing for a number of years, but almost exclusively in non-fiction, and generally for magazines.
However, due to some recent changes in my life related to finally burning out from my last job, I’d like to branch out into Fiction and have written a number of as-yet unpublished short stories.
I’d like to develop one of the characters that I developed for one of these stories further and am working on a novella featuring them and their adventures in a Steampunk setting which involves the British Empire on Mars in the late 19th Century.
The problem that I have is that I get about five chapters into the story and run out of steam (excuse the pun). I’ve got the basic plot outlined and I know how the story ends, but I find it difficult to keep up the pace after a certain number of chapters; I already know it all ends and that makes it start to feel a bit like a slog after a few chapters.
I’ve tried skipping to “The Good Bits” to write them first, and then filling in the gaps later, and that’s worked to an extent and is fine with short stories, but it gets a bit harder with longer works.
So, have any of the other writers here got some tips for maintaining steam, flow, and so on in their writing?