I have 4 1/2 weeks to write a book.  Yes, you read that right.  4 1/2 weeks.  The word DEADLINE hangs over my head like a big, black cloud. For those of you who might be wondering – yes, I am hyperventilating.  A lot.

It’s not like this came out of nowhere.  I’ve actually been working on the book since July 1.  I’ve also thrown out no less than 12 first chapters.  No matter what I tried, what angle I approached the beginning from, I simply couldn’t get the story to gel.  I felt like I was forcing the action.  No, I was forcing the action.

What killed me was that on paper, the character arcs and the conflict were  awesome.  I wanted this heroine and hero to have their happy ending.  I simply couldn’t make the external plot work, and I couldn’t figure out why.

Thankfully I have brainstorming buddies.  They came up with the answer in five minutes.  It was so freaking obvious, and yet for all my staring at the pages, I was too deep in my own thoughts to see it.

Thanks to my brainstorming buddies, however, I have a working outline with plot points and everything.  The first real structure this story has seen since I came up with the idea.

Now I just have to write it in 4 1/2 weeks.  This is my process, sadly.  It’s messy and painful.  I don’t recommend it.

And I swore this would be the year I worked more productively.  Apparently, I forgot to factor “brain freeze” into the equation.

 

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