Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No! Dear Blog, You're probably wondering how my plan is going, but it's too early to tell. Actually, I don't want to talk about it. The good news is, I haven't experienced the new-shiny-object syndrome. So, that's a plus. On the other hand, my word count is taking a hit. I'd say I don't know what's wrong with me, but it's a classic case. No, not writer's block. That's just an excuse to justify laziness. It's... not feeling the story. I'm not connecting with it the way I need to. I'm not focusing. I'm also not feeling energized, so I'm letting that get in the way of my work. It's been a while since I ate a salad or had much for vegetables and I think that's really the root of the problem. It's easier and quicker to go for the meals you simply heat up on the stove and then eat. The colder outside temperatures also don't get me excited about eating cold salads. So,...
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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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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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