The good news, the bad, and the ugly

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As you probably remember from my earlier post, I’ve started taking writing classes to improve my work. Well, I just started taking this new plot structure class, and it’s really interesting and informative and I’m learning all this stuff I’d never even heard of before. I really like it.

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Is this house missing something?

Unfortunately yesterday I got some bad news. The third novel I’ve been slaving over for months and months, the one I’ve been so determined to finish no matter what. Yeah, when I applied an actual story structure to it, it just kind of falls apart. Structurally speaking, my novel is a disaster. It’s kind of like I tried to build the framework of a house but left half of the supporting walls out. One little poke and “Crash, Flop” the whole thing comes tumbling down.

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Rubble of my toppled novel

But there is the tiniest glimmer of good news in the rubble of my toppled novel. First of all, I don’t have to throw the whole novel out, I just need to do some serious editing and throw my whole ending out. Second, the worry that I was stuck in the never ending second chapter is all wrong. If I throw my chapter borders out and just use plot structure, I’m actually much farther along in my story than I thought. So instead of being trapped in the beginning of my book, I’m actually sailing along about half way through, which is kind of nice. But it means I have a whole lot more work a head of me. (Sigh!)

Pesky learning and knowing stuff! I think I was happier thinking that I was just writing a really long novel.

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