Sorry, Apollo 13. It is an option. It’s always an option. Declaring this bold statement doesn’t eliminate failure, it just removes the mindset or drives it underground.
With that in mind, I have not delivered on my 10 pages by Friday deadline. I am still knee deep in Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. It’s been crystallizing how the structure is supposed to look, and I’ll be able to mate that with The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (and the dark side, The Negative Trait Thesaurus by the same authors) to get a grip on the characters and their part in the structure of the novel, upon which I can hang the words.
The thing about XbyFri was that I was attempting to produce pages for Kristin Lamb to review and give me feedback. While I value Kristin’s kind offer, I am not at a point to accept it. Any writing I give her would be stunted and lacking in the things I’m working on mentioned above, and that would waste her time looking at it. I would rather use her time for valuable pursuits such as those who do have content to review who would benefit from her wisdom.
Give it a few weeks. I think that the understanding of plot structure will open up the whole thing immensely.
Go ahead, comment. It won’t kill you. And, um, it’s not because I’m desperate. Because I’m not. I’m NOT! Just comment. If you comment, I’ll be your best friend! C’mon. I’ll give you a cookie! Yeah, I love the “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” books, too.