Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations

Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations

Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations Dear Blog, Last Thursday, I was in a pickle. And as of today, the following Monday, I still am. This plan has not been going as, um, planned. I feel like I'm pulling teeth with this story. I finally reached the first major plot point the other day and am happy with the results. I think the major problem was that I had my basic outline already, but up until last night, I hadn't fleshed out anything else. I was also struggling with the fact that the plot structure spread out the few big events throughout the whole book. Well, I switched it up. See, with this story, we go back to training at Faction 73. Back to where Gabe and Emerson started training in Blackout (Book #3 in The Hexon Code series - keep in mind I'm now writing Book #6). I want my readers to be able to connect with Tessa, but I also don't want to bore them...
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Big Choice Ahead – Is It Over?

Big Choice Ahead – Is It Over?

Big Choice Ahead - Is It Over? Dear Blog, Utter failure. That's my progress report for this week. So, I picked back up on my current project on Monday, the 17th. Today is Day 4 of my 14-day plan and I still have yet to meet the word count goal for the first day. Ugh. What the heck went wrong? I have a few thoughts. So, with the first project (which was No Way Out, Book #5), I had been dabbling in it for a couple months. I was lukewarm, but I was able to get it set up on the fast-track (and I loved the results, by the way!). With this new project, I haven't touched it in over a month, so coming back to it has been a struggle. Also, the daily word count requirement is a fair amount higher, so I think there's added pressure. Also, this project takes me back several weeks in the timeline. We're back at Faction 73 to follow Tessa's...
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How to Not Take a Break – A Writer’s Guide

How to Not Take a Break – A Writer’s Guide

How to Not Take a Break - A Writer's Guide Dear Blog, Tuesday was the first day of my "break week" after my insane 14-day plan to finish drafting the remaining 45,000 words of my new novel. This is the week where I enter the editing phase. The dreadful editing phase... It's actually not that bad. I'm on Chapter 11. I have a few parts I need to flesh out more, but overall it's going well. The part I had also planned on doing was getting back to writing for other projects. And that isn't going so well. I can see my daily average word count receding rapidly and it's driving me crazy. I went from an average of 2,011 words per day to 1,901 (as of end-of-day yesterday). If I don't pick things up again, it'll keep slipping. But I have to remind myself that I'm in a break week. The whole point to this plan was to focus, focus, focus for two weeks...
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