Something Missing

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I finished a short story Saturday night. I'm very happy with it, except the ending, natch. I need more emotion, I think.

My goal for today is to finish my paranormal. I have maybe 4 more scenes, including the climax. I'm already over 30,000 words, though, and need to snip in revisions.

I'm getting ready to set aside my revisions on Vampire Hunters. I think the plot is okay, but there's something missing. I can't put my finger on it. Also, it's very short, only 52,000 words. Who will buy that? One of my cps told me that her author help group, Rose's Colored Glasses is doing an online workshop with Donald Maass's workbook. Hm. I have that workbook. They're doing a chapter a week. I signed up, will see if it helps. Not sure what to do otherwise.

Have you used Donald Maass? This book has been sitting for almost 2 years (it was my second Nano book.) Have you ever not been able to figure out what's missing in a book? I'm just not as proud of it as I should be.

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4 comments:

Charity said...

I *love* Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. It's what I used to revise The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading. I highly recommend it, although I think you have to go in with an open mind and be willing to try all the exercises.

Did you sign up for that group? I need something to get me back into writing. I think I'll check it out.

MJFredrick said...

I did sign up, but I've not been approved yet :(

L M Gonzalez said...

You'll love CRITICAL CARE, Mary. I read it in one day, cried and cried, but loved it and can't wait for her next one.

MJFredrick said...

Lupe, I'm a little more than halfway through. I need to just sit and read....once I meet my goals today!

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