I’ve been stuck…on the plot points for my new novel’s outline.
I know the beginning. I know the end. All that stuff in the middle? That’s where I’m lost. First I didn’t have enough of a story, and then I had too much. It’s like one huge pile of tangled yarn right now.
Every chapter, action, character, paragraph, sentence – every word – must push the plot forward. I imagine this as a row of arrows pointing to the right. However, my current arrows are doing all kinds of curly cues, staircases, loop-de-loops, etc.
Today I buckled down and had a mini-breakthrough. Here is how I did it.
I read through the outline I had so far. While it was a cute story, it didn’t have any spiky peaks or plunging lows. In other words – it had the crafts, it had the glitter, but it didn’t have the DRAMA.
I jotted down a list of ideas for my main character for this specific roadblock. I then scratched off the first one because its likely the most predictable. I fused my second and third ideas together. Sure, there are some logistics to iron out and I have to weave this new development into what I already have, but at least the bulk of it is there.
I wish I had taken this kind of action sooner, I’d be that much further ahead. Here is my tip: Take action as soon as you notice you need some! Dwelling, over thinking, whining, none of those will solve your problem!
On a happier note – I read a small passage from my upcoming novel, Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing, at my book signing last week and the crowd loved it! They laughed and clapped when I finished. It was such great motivation to get going on my current work-in-progress!
OK, getting back to work now, wish me luck!
Peace, love, and glitter!