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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

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I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

Writing is a chore sometimes


Earlier in the week I sat down to write a chapter, only to find it was far too complicated to begin at that time. I had to skip it. So tonight I sat down and tried to come up with a method for organizing the chapter.

The chapter is full of characters, main and supporting and extras. Plus, a room full of zombie-like creatures. And lots of action. And good grief, it was gonna be hard to keep together. I decided to focus on everything in small chunks. A little bit happens here with so-and-so, then we jump to so-and-so and little bit happens with her, and then we move again...

I used a sticky note style app I'd used in the past to accomplish this. (I didn't have actual sticky notes on hand.) Each sticky note color represented a character perspective, and I dragged-and-dropped them in chronological order left-to-right. I kept moving the parts and adding parts until I was satisfied.

I'm not gonna write it tonight, my brain is too spent on it at the moment. I want time to read through it some more and consider if I'm missing parts, or need to move parts.

But good gravy, ya'll, writing can be a chore sometimes.

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