Apologies again for the gross delay in getting this last lesson out. Life intervened in a big way. Due in part to character problems. Which is why I wanted to chat about what to do when you get stuck.
I got an email from my CP that basically said, â€œIâ€™m not connecting with her anymore.â€ Of course, at the same time, I was emailing her with, â€œOMG Iâ€™m stuck. I took a wrong turn somewhere. I just canâ€™t nail this ending. hEPL!â€ LOL
OTOH the second heroine is rich and spoiled and well, has no conflict. Obviously this is a problem. Now I have to go back and weed in some conflict, which luckily was easily found.
And often, as writers, we canâ€™t see the forest for the trees so here are some helpful suggestions:
2) Go whine to your critique partners. They will probably see something you donâ€™t. Even if you donâ€™t quite know whatâ€™s off, another brain always helps. And even if they donâ€™t see the problems that YOU see, their observations could help you figure out where you went wrong. And help talk you off the ledge.
3) Print your manuscript. There are things that you will see on paper that youâ€™d never find on a computer screen. Donâ€™t whine about the trees or the cost of printer cartridges. Go invest in a cheap HP Laser printer. Itâ€™s well worth the cost, and a tax deduction. Jackie Barbosa (who is not only my editor at Cobblestone but my CP) is the ONLY person I know who can get away with not printing a hardcopy and editing.
4) READ your manuscript. Maybe this one goes without saying. Not only does it remind you that, hey it really doesnâ€™t suck, itâ€™s another way to help pinpoint a problem.
5) Walk away. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just take a break from the work so that you can go back and look at it with fresh eyes. Go read a book or walk or *gulp* clean or something.
Now……..back to the WIP 🙂 I hope ya’ll enjoyed this and got something out of it. Again, feel free to post questions and please feel free to post some of your own character-making misery so we can commiserate. I’ll pick five winners on…Monday…from all the commenters last week and from today’s post who can have their choice of Aphrodisia titles.