Getting My Learn On Pt. 1 – Writing


Hello?  Is this thing on?  Am I doing this right?  Isn’t that the question?  After a while you begin to second guess yourself.

The struggle I felt while writing my third book in the series really brought me down.  The first was a labor of adventure and surprise.  The second had a tough start but the rest was a breeze.  In comparison, the third one was a fight from the first word to the last.

I learned so much from each one and some of those lessons were hard. I tried to use an outline on the first one and the characters made other plans.  The second just flowed through and was a pure delight.

The third one didn’t want to cooperate. I had to create an outline and follow it every step of the way.  The characters spoke to me hesitantly.  Frustration ensued and joy in the process was lost.  I persevered through it but kept wondering what was I doing wrong?

I found a few classes to help me out on this part of my journey. I took a class from Rick Gustafson ( and he covered quite a bit of structure.  He covered points that I seemed to know but hadn’t put a word to.  And I was happy to find that I was doing the right thing in regards to my struggle.

Perseverance was the key.

Author: jongraylang

Novel Writer, Screenwriter, Filmmaker & occasionally an Actor. Handy with a Sword, Ukulele, and Skis. Author of Nun With a Gun: The Town with No Name, The Matilda, Twistin' Matilda, Black Matilda, and Secret Matilda. Writer of the upcoming Sci-Fi sequel, Waltzing Matilda.

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