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Nothing to Report

Honestly, I’m more than a little disappointed in myself. I haven’t written anything of substance all week. There was actually only one day this week that I opened my laptop to write. Really, the most constructive time spent on this book was the half hour spent talking about it with one of my writer friends over lunch. While she didn’t give me any answers to my problems, she helped me get a little bit of perspective on the doubts I have been having.

This week I must do better. One of the things that she suggested was to forget about my concerns regarding the weak middle section of my book and just start writing it. Hopefully getting some words on the page may spark some inspiration that will help strengthen the weak spots.

We also discussed the scope of the finale. It would probably be better not to try to make the hero try to save the world. It would make it much more personal and emotional if he is simply trying to save the struggling little family that he has grown to know and love. He doesn’t have to be James Bond, simply a caring human being.

That’s it for today. Time for me to open my novel file and get to work. See you next week!


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I Want to End it All!

A couple of weeks ago I killed off my villain and thought, “How am I ever going to get another 10,000+ words in before the end?” Now, I’m just shy of 60,000 words, which was my unofficial goal for this project, and I’m still writing. I just can’t seem to make it stop!

After I killed off the villain (which was a bit anti-climactic, actually), the kids talked about it before the cops showed up to arrest the kid that did it. Then the kids talked about it some more until the District Attorney showed up to see whether or not to press charges (they said it was self-defense and told him that the villain was a serial killer). There was a long interview with the D.A. where Carter told him the whole story (I condensed it, of course), and then they moved back to the camp to wait until the D.A. was able to confirm the story.

It just keeps going. To tell you the truth, I’m really not quite sure how I’m going to end it. When I outlined it before I started, I thought maybe I would introduce another person that had gotten super powers, and leave it where they need to deal with him now. But since almost nothing in this story followed that outline, I’m thinking I should go another way.

What I kind of want to do is end it with the kids all going back home, and leave the reader with an idea that things are going to be better in the future, but that doesn’t really feel right, either, probably because some of the characters didn’t really make much progress on a character arc during the story. At least one of them did, but not so much for the others.

I know all of this will get chopped, cut, and stabbed when I do the edits, but the closer I get now to what I need, the less I will have to fix later. So how do I wrap this thing up, once and for all?

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have. You guys have been very helpful as I struggled through this mess over the last three months. Don’t bail on my now!

Wednesday I’ll post another update. Hopefully I will be able to tell you that it is done and that I am now working on planning my next project. See you then!


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