I Need to go to the Drawing Board

@just4him (112841)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
November 13, 2017 3:52pm CST
As much as I love writing, there are times when the plot just seems to elude me. Perhaps I have one, but somehow, I don't think I do. Oh the story sounds good, but it's beginning to feel like it's going to fall apart if I don't find a definite direction soon for it to go towards. I tried to get that injected today. It's definitely time to brainstorm with what I have and see what I can do with this story. I really don't want it to fall flat on its face. That's the one good thing about doing NaNoWriMo - you just keep writing, and work in the plot as it emerges. Next month will be working with whatever plot I come up with and weave it into the story to make it sound like it is worth reading. Current word count - 34,884 How is your day? Thanks for reading.
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@DianneN (76104)
• United States
13 Nov
They say to keep plugging away. I would have the plot in mind before I put the fist word in print.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
I thought I did, but it's going in a completely different direction than what I foresaw - the problem when characters are in control of the book - called Character Driven versus Plot Driven. So every day is an adventure.
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@DianneN (76104)
• United States
13 Nov
@just4him Well, have fun! I know you love what you do.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
@DianneN I always have fun when it comes to writing, just like you always have fun when it comes to shopping
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@NJChicaa (38258)
• United States
13 Nov
My day has been fine. Quiet except for the hundreds of teenagers thing.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
Well, that's part of your fun of being a teacher. I'm glad you had a good day.
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@NJChicaa (38258)
• United States
13 Nov
@just4him Yes I love them and they make me laugh every day. . . as well as making me want to pull my hear out.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
@NJChicaa I'm sure they do make you want to pull your hair out.
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@Courtlynn (64245)
• United States
13 Nov
Oh no hope you dont have to start over.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
No, I won't need to start over. Once I figure it all out, I can weave it into the storyline where it's at, then when I finish, do the revision with that in mind. It'll all work out.
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@Courtlynn (64245)
• United States
14 Nov
@just4him oh thank goodness!
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
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@jaboUK (53528)
• United Kingdom
13 Nov
That sounds like a lot of words that you've done already. Good luck with it.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
Thank you. It's going well, but I really do need to find out where the book is headed. I'm sure it's already there, I just need to bring it into the open.
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@andriaperry (48433)
• United States
13 Nov
Way to go! you are really writing. For me I have to have the plot first and then allow it to unfold.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
I thought I did have a plot, but it's unraveled.
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
14 Nov
Ah this is probably no help at all, but I know I have always enjoyed books , mysteries, where it turns out that the quietest , most off - in - a -corner character actually turns out to be the main protagonist
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
That's interesting. Something to think about.
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
14 Nov
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@marlina (72550)
• Canada
14 Nov
Don't fret too much about it, just relax and it will help you more.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
I know it will, and it will all come about without my realizing it. Thank you.
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• Philippines
14 Nov
I woke up a bit early today because I had trouble sleeping at night. How ever I am bouncing off my internet online thing.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
That's good.
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@jstory07 (65978)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Nov
I know you will figure it all out and do good with that book.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
Thank you. I expect I will.
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@Corbin5 (102758)
• United States
14 Nov
That definite direction regarding the plot will come your way eventually. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
I'm sure you're right. It's probably already there and I haven't seen it yet. Just need to bring it into the open more.
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@JudyEv (121012)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov
Hopefully a plot will emerge soon. You're doing well with the word count.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
I did originally have a plot, but that has gone by the wayside, so hopefully something will emerge soon. Thank you.
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@Kandae11 (35969)
13 Nov
You'll know when the story unfolds exactly the way you want it to.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Nov
That's true. My character keeps asking questions. She wants to go home - back to Earth, but so far, she's been told - not going to happen.
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@kobesbuddy (43460)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Nov
Your mind is so creative, it won't be long and your new story will come together:)
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
I know. It's just that I'm impatient and want it NOW!
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@kobesbuddy (43460)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Nov
@just4him You are so patient in other areas, yet with this book, it's pretty hard!God's lessons are sometimes very tough.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Nov
@kobesbuddy Okay, I hear that. Yes, they are. It started coming together yesterday. Today I'll see where it all leads.
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@Hannihar (32691)
16 Apr
@just4him Valerie, do you bounce off ideas with someone or talk to yourself until you feel you have something? What is NaNoWriMo?
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr
Basically I talk to myself about ideas and work them out in my head before anything is put to the blank canvas on the Word document. NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writer's Month. It's the month of November. So there is a writing challenge that takes place every November to write 50K words in 30 days.
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@Hannihar (32691)
16 Apr
@just4him Valerie, thanks for explaining that.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr
@Hannihar You're welcome.
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@HazySue (20773)
• United States
15 Nov
Keep on writing. It will all come together before you know it. You had such a good start, I am sure it will work out.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Nov
It's going great! I'm at 38K+ and will be back to it soon. I intend to be at 40K before I go to bed tonight and hopefully even more than that. As I was writing yesterday, I started having a feeling of where the story is now headed. That makes me happy.
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@HazySue (20773)
• United States
17 Nov
@just4him I always like to have some kind of idea of where a story is going. Of course, in the beginning the destination is a bit hazy but then all of the sudden it seems to take on a life of its own.
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@just4him (112841)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Nov
@HazySue Mine is certainly doing that.
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