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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Glory of Energy & Brick Walls in Writing

Health Note: What I didn't have time to include in my last post was that on my Saturday walk at Usery mountain park, that was the first time IN YEARS I have felt true energy.  If you've never experienced a constant state of fatigue, you can't possibly appreciate what this means, but I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it felt to experience a feeling of actual energy this weekend.  I just praise the Lord for it and pray it will be the first of many such experiences.

Now on to the draining topic. 8-)  A few years back I conceived a story idea for a stand alone novel--action adventure, team centered historical fiction.

Yet when I began writing it last month, I ended up building it into the story world of another lead character for whom I already have 3-4 novels in mind, the first of which I finished drafting in March.

Here's the problem though.  I've run into a brick wall.  At the time, I thought it was a good idea to incorporate this plot into my recurring character's story world.  Now I'm not so sure.  Not that it can't be done, but pulling this story into this character's story world means some limitations.

For example, I think the lead character of this plot would do better NOT to have a good friend or sidekick starting out, and my recurring character does.  And the lead character for this plot needs different baggage than what the recurring character has.

Logically, this sounds like I should scrap what I've done so far and go back to my original plan.  But I still wrestle with myself whether that's the right thing to do.  After all, this plot fits nicely into the recurring character's timeline.

Do you ever find yourself in a corner like this with your novels?  What do you do?

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