See, my tale (Hollow Hearts and Hollow Hills) has a certain dark and dangerous quality to it because (if you're familiar) the faeries of yore weren't the cute frilly little Amy Brown sprites of today. The traditional tale of Tam Lin is a story of kidnapping, seduction, a frighteningly possibility of sacrifice after a lengthy stay with immortals, and the hope that salvation will come just in time because of a maiden's pure love.
But, as we know, sometimes sacrifice (which comes in many forms) is the only way to reach a happy ending, and maidens can be tremendously fickle (as can their counterparts). And in those same ways, the fae of old (dark, dangerous and often cruel with their entertainments) are the most fitting fae to use because they illustrate that raw beauty can still hide tremendous danger and that sometimes in life the little "tests" we face will change our life in the biggest ways.
So, there's a lot of subtext that gets folded into my story (hopefully seamlessly, but I'll keep editing until I'm convinced), and some very dark moments. My characters are evolving (as I think good characters should), but making sure I keep up with their growth feels like more responsibility than pure pleasure some days.
But, I'm continuing to map out the newer details of the story as it emerges. How much will I write today? Not sure. I mapped out three key details early this morning. But it's not like I wrote any of my actual "words" yet.
So how do you stay on task when you're writing?