I guess it takes getting crazy before the break through hits. At least sometimes. Unfortunately for me and Sorcerer's Carnival this was the route I had to take. The breakthrough happened in my sleep when I dreamed the solution. Well, more accurately, I dreamed the story the way it was supposed to be.
I can't say I woke up in excitement as I rarely wake up excited (I'm not a morning person by nature). But once I had several large glasses of caffeine in my system I was ready to tackle the story and reintegrate the vision I originally had for it.
It's now the end of the day and aside from mommy duty, I dedicated my energy and day to Sorcerer's Carnival. I'm now feeling the rewards of accomplishment as the draft is done and the story is how I wanted it. In fact, I've managed to also get through the first round of editing and it's pretty clean.
Writing wise it was a great day. Looking back at the fiasco of the last few days I realize that I was not really following the plan I outlined earlier in the week. I was trying to fix as I reread the original version instead of just soaking in the original story. This was blocking me from feeling the spark of creativity that started the story in the first place.
Now I just have to remember this the next time I face a similar dilemma.
Good writing all!