My characters are confused. They are ambling about and getting nowhere near achieving their goals. In fact, I think they may have forgotten what they were. They are now lost and prone to wandering. Luckily they bump into each other at frequent intervals and seem well acquainted, but they don’t seem to be moving beyond that point.
I had planned on just writing this first draft flat out without any editing, and I still think that is possible, but I’ve hit a point where I’m 250 pages in and nowhere near far enough into the plot of the story to justify the page count. If I keep this up, I’ll have a behemoth of a manuscript on my hands that will require severe editing.
So I am going to stop myself in my tracks, print off what I have so far, and create a timeline of events. Then I’m going to take another look at my outline and figure out where I went wrong. I think I just need to jiggle some things around, blend a few scenes, insert some new ones to further the plot and maybe nail down my GMCs for all the characters a little better. I think I have a clearer view of who these people are now and what their damage is, so I can go into the outline and map things out better.
Then I need to make a list of what I need to research. Things like old Victorian homes, how a library is run, and what the hell a circular saw is used for.
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