Pushing the Limits

March hasn’t been easy for me when it comes to writing but I put my foot down with myself. I looked at my word count spreadsheet for the month and figured out how much I would need to write each day to get 10K words before the end of the month. I’ve been working really hard to keep up. I’m slightly behind, but not by much.

Sitting at my desk at my apartment has also helped me focus more than sitting down on the couch. I’m going to make it to my goal.

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Making it Work

I was looking at my outline the other day and I realized that three of the chapters I had coming next do nothing to move the plot along.

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I cut them out and the midpoint of the book is now coming sooner. I’m writing it today.

Sometimes we have to cut things that may seem important if they don’t further the plot. It always makes the book better.

Shoving through the Middles

There are many authors who agree that the middles are the worst.

As you may remember, I was so excited at the end of December that I’d finished Act I of my WIP. I felt confident that I could work hard and finish the book within a few months.

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I went through what I had plotted out, then my mind went into frustration mode. I knew that I was working towards my midpoint but had absolutely no idea what my protagonist was going to deal with in the space in between. I had a general idea but nothing concrete. I felt like I was stuck in thick mud.

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Guybrush Threepwood’s attempts to get out of quicksand in The Curse of Monkey Island felt similar to what I was dealing with

To add to the struggle, I had no idea what would be going on in the chapters that were in the POV of my second MC.

The middles are hard because there’s excitement for the beginning and then the ending is something you (usually) know and are working towards. The middles are where lots of crap happens to the protagonist. It’s the struggle of writing what will lead you to the ending you’re planning on.

I’ve been shoving through these middles and even though it’s been slower moving, I finally have an idea for what’s going to happen in the chapters leading up towards my important midpoint. I’m back in my chapter by chapter outline and I know what things I’m going to put in each chapter for the most part.

So if you’re feeling stuck, you can push through the mud and end up with something awesome 🙂

A New Way to Plot

Hey Everyone,

I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a pantser and it’s made things difficult with writing this trilogy. I’ve tried different methods of plotting but none of them have worked for me other than to get me to say, I know what major events are coming up.

This has changed now.

I was on Pinterest the other day and saw a pin talking about J.K. Rowling’s outline style. This intrigued me so I went and looked at the blog post.

The writer showed Rowling’s outline from a segment of Order of the Phoenix and said what the columns meant.

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Chapter number, when it happens, chapter title, what happens as part of the main plot in that chapter, what happened with various subplots.

I figured I’d try it and it’s helped me so much! I’m currently on the 6th chapter in writing it and I’m 10 chapters ahead of that in plotting. This setup helps me figure out how things should happen next as I go between big events.

I know have a clear path and will help me to keep moving forward.

See you all next week!

The List of Awesome

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I missed posting last week. I had a total mind blank and couldn’t think of anything to say.

I’m working through a writing funk at the moment and it’s been more difficult than others have been prior to this time.

Usually when I’m stuck, if I just start writing about anything relating to my novel, it gets me into a groove and I keep going. That hasn’t been happening. Why?

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My friend Andrea who I’ve mentioned before, gave me the advice to make a List of Awesome for my novel. Things to add to the list are events that I think would be cool if I can fit them into the book.

Though I haven’t fully figured things out, it’s nice to have this list to go to for ideas of what should come next.

New Story Developments

I’m back!

I hope you all are doing well and that your writing goals are as well.

The honeymoon was awesome and one thing I learned is that road trips can really get my mind going.

As we drove, a thought wouldn’t leave me alone.

One of my POV characters for Topaas is not working and needs to be cut completely.

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Considering the fact that he’s so major to the story, I had no idea how it would even work to cut him.

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After a lot of thinking and mulling it around in my head, I believe I’ve found an answer. A side character that I really like will come and fill the void.

I’m really excited about this.

It’s certainly going to change things and I look forward to exploring this new version of the story.