The Case of the Missing Muse (Dirty Little Secrets of Story Structure)

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Emotional reaction is one that I struggle with. Once I leave the MS alone for a while and go back for rewrites, I sometimes see the holes This post today is really a good one. Is the 12 Fatal Flaws book going to be available in print edition? I prefer my writing books to be on my shelf and not my Kindle. Thanks for the kind words! Yes, 12 Fatal Flaws will be available in print. The release date is December 1, and you should be able to get a hard copy then. This was like nasal spray for my writing brain — thanks so much for this easy to understand advice!

Thank you for sharing.

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I was so proud of myself until I read the finished product. As you say, it was 2D. It was like sitting down to Thanksgiving with cardboard cutout people and a clay turkey. It literally felt like that and made a profound impact on me. So glad this resonated with you! Thanks for sharing your story as well. So glad to see this great summary! Thanks very much for your comment! I have to watch for body emotions too. I know I learned a lot just in the process of writing the book!

That and the idea that the story needs action, action and more action to hook a reader or editor or agent. We see this phenomenon in Hollywood movies too.

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Thanks for your thoughts, Kim! Really, when we suck out all the thoughts and emotions and processing, we suck out what makes BOOKS so distinctive as a storytelling method.

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Thank you! Showing, not telling, needs a balance…more revisions! You are welcome! Have fun revising! This is such great advice!


I also tend toward underwriting—mostly in the story structure area. I am much the same way. But this is an area that definitely does! Oh yeah, I massively underwrite everything in the first draft.

That emotional reaction is my babe. I just … forget to put it in. Thank goodness for revisions!

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Haha … I love how you put that! Fewer monstrosities is such a good thing. Saves us all lots of time and makes writing so much more fun :. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email. Yes, please add me to your mailing list. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Powered by WordPress and Sliding Door theme. Skip to content. Search for:. Why We Underwrite The dirty little secret, though?

Connecting Underwriting hurts emotional connection so badly because it turns everything 2D.

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One of the big advantages of outlining is that you cut way down on wasted scenes that go nowhere. You now have a nice, messy framework for your Nanowrimo novel, with just enough detail to keep you going, while not detracting from the joy of the first-draft rush. Criticisms, recommendations and refinements are equally welcome. Happy Nano-ing this November! And its sister realization: I will need to scale back my goals.

By admitting it publicly. I could imagine the cheers and boos at my next check-in. Dan and I decided to explore new writing communities at the beginning of October. I thought that an alternative to NaNoWriMo might help me jump start my writing because, frankly, November can fuck itself. The novelty of its name drew me in.

The length of the challenge 80 days and the flexibility of its goals completely up to the individual participant were right for my needs. Two weeks into the event and there are extra poems plumping up my journal pages. Really short. The pressure is building to reevaluate my goals and possibly change them. So why bother scaling back only two weeks in?

“Not any good” isn’t an ending, it’s an obstacle.

The deadline itself is so far away December 22nd! You have a date that is a cut-off point for your creative exertions. The deadline gains its power by being an immutable event. Passing the deadline with work unfinished is to be marked. To combat the procrastination that arrives bundled with your deadline, the weekly or daily goal the tool that guides your writing output.