Mid-Book Blues

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you guys on my progress with Into the Shadows.  Rani has now seen firsthand what life is like for soldiers of the king.  This was very interesting for me to write about, because it’s a lot easier to write about a battle than it is about the aftermath.  There’s so much that goes into doing a scene in a medieval hospital, even though hospitals of that era weren’t anything as good as what we have today.  There are a lot of factors to consider—herbs, organization, even what would be the best layout for the building.

I hit a bit of a roadblock in here.  It’s what I like to call the “mid-book blues”—when I’m about halfway (or thereabouts) through the novel and suddenly, even if I know what I’m planning, the ground seems to give way beneath me and—bam!—confusion.  So much time can get devoted to building up toward that pesky thing called the climax that sometimes I can muddle myself a bit.  That ever happen to anyone else?

Thankfully, the cloud does lift after a while.  For me, it usually happens after I’ve done a lot of thinking and story-mapping (and maybe eaten some ice cream).  The day ice cream isn’t the answer to life’s problems would be a sad day indeed.

5 thoughts on “Mid-Book Blues”

  1. Thank you for updating me on the progress of your book. I look forward to one day reading it. I miss talking about writing with you and Abby over dinner. How is the semester going for you?

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    1. This semester is going really well! I’m taking a course on screenwriting. If nothing else, it will help me to practice planning out a story more thoroughly before I write (which is very important for screenplays apparently). It’s going to be a very interesting course. I’m glad I’m taking it; I know I’ll learn a lot.

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      1. That’s good. I’m glad you are enjoying it. You’ll have to let me know what types of tips you learn about planning a novel because I’m not very good at planning one.

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