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Outlining and Feedback

I’ve had the better half of a week off prepping for a party this evening but I haven’t neglected my writing either, I promise!  My husband has graciously been my sounding board for new ideas and plot developments — some of which he didn’t see coming!  In writing my current WIP I sort of wrote myself into a corner. My aunt suggested I “write myself up”. My brother-in-law suggested that I “write myself a trap door”. So I did. I wrote myself up as a hopeless procrastinator then I went back to square one revisiting thematic elements, plot development, characterization, and the layout for the series in progress.

I feel that I am firming up Book 1 quite nicely.  Book 2 needs work with some of the plot twists at the end being established earlier on.  I also want to work out how to weave theme firmly into the story.  Right now, Book 1 is shaping into a very character-driven story while Book 2 is more plot-driven.  Neither is necessarily bad but they’re two entirely different approaches to story (the second having more action than the first). I’d like to keep working on both until I have a comfortable balance of character vs. plot.

While Book 2 is definitely classified as science-fiction (speculative fiction), I have a bit more work molding Book 1 to fall under that genre. The actual storyline of Book 1 could occur in any time period so I’ll have to pull out my grab-bag of tricks and conjure up some fantastical elements to include and elevate the story into the science-fiction genre. Thanks to my hubby for his feedback!

I’m postponing the Draft 1 deadline until I sort out exactly how I want to progress with this series. I’m usually a seat-of-the-pantster but in this case, I would like to at least have the broad strokes painted and I can fill in the details later.  For some reason, this reminds me of the Magic Paintbrush….


Completely un-related I guess to storyboarding but I remember being inspired by this story as a child and it encouraged me to continue writing. I hope you enjoy watching it too!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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