I work on this series once a year, usually at the first of the year. These are characters who have been with me for 6 books now, and I feel like I know them well.
As I've noted before, I have three distinct POVs going in this series: his, hers, and one that alternates between a different his/hers. Chapter 1 is hers, chapter 2 is his, chapter 3 is his/hers. I would love to write this consecutively (1, 2, 3) but I've reminded myself that I can't and still keep the distinct voices needed. I need to write Chapter 1, Chapter 4, Chapter 7, etc., in order to stay true to voice, and that means I need to jump forward and back in the plot in order to do that.
Okay, I re-discovered that one.
Here's the other thing I've re-discovered. It's not what I want to have happen. It's what is happening. By this I mean: I want these people to have a nice life and happy times and get along all the time and just hit the occasional bump.
But that's not what's happening in this world. Not everybody supports them. Some people want to kill them. They don't know who their friends are.
It's not what you want the story to be. It's what the story is. I wrote this on a slip of paper and have it taped to my computer.
Once I remembered, I knew I didn't have to look for conflict, I didn't have to invent worries, and I had more than enough to propel me forward.
But my question is: don't you think I'd know this by now?