WIP It, WIP It Real Good

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Between staring at the index cards for my WIP, starting another short story and watching the Olympics as name research, some of you might be thinking that I’m a big ol’ ball of procrastination. Well, yes. And no.

I admit that I am not focusing on the cards as much as I should. And I probably whine about them more than I should. But something about my WIP story doesn’t feel right. The story isn’t quite there. Not enough is at stake. Even though the point of the cards was to write scenes, I ended up writing emotions not action. I know the inner turmoil of my characters very well, but there isn’t a lot of exterior pressure on them.

I’m glad I learned this now. Thinking about the story, in my head, it seemed like more than enough for a book. However, writing it out on the cards (or rather what I didn’t write on the cards) showed that there simply wasn’t enough at stake.

So now I am focusing on upping the stakes, taking my characters out of their heads and applying some outside pressure.

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