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 (http://www.rickgustafson.net/) 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.