(*PBW)

Who are you?
A writer.

What do you want?
To finish this book.

What’s the worst thing I can do to you?
Take away my internet connection. Oh. You want serious, huh? Okay – Make me plot.

Okay, seriously, thanks to PBW and Katie and Pat, I think I might actually be able to polish off this book. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not changing my ways and actually PLOTTING entire books or anything. And sitting down and having a planning session with Pat and Katie after answering the three questions for my characters didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know somewhere deep in my own mind. But it refocused me since knowing it deep in my own mind was not helping me AT ALL. And Pat is a genius at figuring out plot stuff. I just babbled for a while and she would just give me a paragraph back, all focused and perfect and exactly what I was trying to say.

It’s so nice to be understood. And then she thought up some stuff I didn’t — ways I could actually deal with the hero and heroine and the sub-plots and villain and still make this whole thing a trilogy.

And thanks to her and Katie I have a black moment to work consciously toward. It gave me an order. I feel free. I feel like I could actually write this book in order. Or not. But it wouldn’t matter because I know where the pieces will fit.

I know the black moment. For me this is huge. I never know the black moment this far ahead of time.

Dear Editor:

I know the Black Moment. Trust me, it’s fabulous. I am stoked about it. I’m still up for that whole, sell on the partial, idea too. Let’s do lunch. I have three questions I’d like to ask you.

Steph T.