Pumping It Up – Fixing Second Act Slumps Part Two

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Pumping It Up – Part Two

Still Fixing Second Act Slumps

Read about starting to fix sagging middles.

I wanted to fix this story by Halloween…alas…not badly enough. Thanksgiving seems plausible. Consider…if NaNoWriMo exhorts people to write 50,000 word novels in a month, finishing revisions should be easy.

But, don’t despair. I’ve progressed, writing another 3,000 words into 3B, growing it from the smallest to the second largest section. And I’ve added another 2,300 words to 4A.

With good fortune, I’ll finish weaving in subplots that fill the slump, leaving only smaller TO DO items.

And, the final mystery remains finding my new Trusted Reader. I can hardly wait to see how I escape that trap. Ha.

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Pumping It Up – Fixing Second Act Slumps

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Pumping It Up

Fixing Second Act Slumps

Read about deconstructing Lawrence of Arabia.

Ever watch those backyard inflatable play sets pop up? After looking at pictures, maybe seeing one at a neighbor’s event, you take the plunge. A crew comes out, drag pieces into the backyard, and gets ready. Already pulling hair out over chairs and treats and whether any little kiddies will come, you glance the brightly colored rubber piles and wonder if you made a mistake.

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How Did I Miss That – A Damaged Structure

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How Did I Miss That?

A Damaged Structure

Read about my trusted reader’s reluctance to read my story.

When did you suffer your last how-did-I-miss-that moment?

Mine latest came while watching a film.  I didn’t sit down to watch Lawrence of Arabia, intending to learn anything.  I’d tucked my suspense of disbelief away, cradled my bowl of pop corn, and waited to experience a superb film.

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Trusted Reader — Troubling Discussion

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Trusted Reader – Troubling Discussion

When They Fear to Say No

Read about my attempt at a cover.

Don’t you hate events playing out differently than the way planned. And, instead of ascending the ladder to success, you discover you haven’t begun. Worse, you’ve no clear idea where you stand.

This happened with my Trusted Reader.

My old Trusted Reader had grown weary of reading unpolished stories teeming with flaws. With that, I searched until locating someone perfectly suited to discuss story structure, brainstorming where the story might go, and places to avoid. She agreed. Continue reading

Packaging The Story – The Big Cover-Up

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Packaging The Story – The Big Cover-Up

Look Inside…Please?

Read about character images.

Puzzle pieces lay on the table, face showing, straight edges in one place, the other pieces sorted into guesses. In the same way, all the pieces needed to package our story…the blurb, title, and pictures of our important characters…converge in front and back covers.

Time for another true confession…I’ve interacted with truly gifted cover artists and understand my own meager talent and training. Irregardless of their observations, I need look no further than best seller covers with their wide variety, to realize how few clues I have.

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Packaging The Story – But What Do They Look Like?

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Packaging The Story – But What Do They Look Like?

A Thousand Words…Really?

Read about titles.

Covers. True confession…I pride myself, perhaps falsely, on writing passably, but am hopeless at physically drawing things. Consequently, I’m utterly incapable of describing compelling covers, let alone create them. If my story ever reaches the end game, I will trust all cover work to a competent artist

But…that time hasn’t come. Stll the creative urge overcame me.

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Packaging The Story – Titles

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Packing The Story – Titles

It’s Hard…Until It’s Not

Read about blurbs.

Titles. Ugh. How can someone write a 100,000 word story, and then draw a blank for a title?

Why? Oh Why?

Some writers conjure them faster than a pop corn popper. With no apparent effort, they disgorge title after title, prompting an urge to slap their faces off. The rest content ourselves with Untitled Story. Gag.

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