First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in Larissa’s auction, whether by donating, bidding, buying and / or helping to spread the word. It was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without the online community’s support. Larissa’s safely at her moms, dealing with insurance issues and trying to get settled. I think we’ll see her back online before too long.

Second, thoughts and prayers to everyone in Rita’s path, especially Alison and Sharon.

And last but not least, it’s really nice to know you’re all suffering right along with me on that middle-ish section of your books – I wouldn’t be happy if I was the only one struggling around here, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.:smile:

Of course, Sasha’s advice is quite logical: The secret is to nail your ass to the chair and just f*$#@ing do it. Several of you echo the sentiment. I’m currently thinking of investing in super glue.

And I’ve been thinking about what PBW said, about making sure that section’s got plenty of action and no standing around talking for three chapters.

When she said that, I thought, uh oh…and then I gingerly peeked back at both the story I’m revising and the story I’m stuck at on p. 229. And I’m happy to report that, in BOL, so far, no one is standing around talking from p. 200 – 229. In fact, h/h are fighting, revealing scecrets and then they think they’re headed to bed, finally. Which, of course, they’re not because I’d planned a nice explosion in the hotel. HA! See, I’m totally blowing things up – PBW would be proud. So yes, I see plenty of action in the next 70 pages. Not that that’s making the writing go any faster, but being on the right track of not putting anyone to sleep makes me happy.

As for TOD…*clears throat* well, there’s definitely some talking going on in those middle-ish hundred pages. Perhaps a little too much telling and not enough showing, but I can fix it pretty easily. The good stuff is there – and really, I guess this is what revising is all about.

In case you missed it, she shared a link to this article, which was great. It talks about themes, and how the middle’s the time to revist your story’s theme. And I am all about theme.

Anyway, I caught the tail end of a press conference with the General who’s in charge of the hurricane clean-up in NO. I guess the reporter asked him a question he’d already answered, or refused to answer, because he just stared the guy down and said, you’re stuck on stupid.

I’m in love with that line. I’ve been repeating it to myself ever since, when I get bogged down on something in my story or when those negative thoughts creep in. I tell myself, you’re stuck on stupid. It is surprisingly effective and it makes me laugh all at the same time. However, I think it would be totally more effective if the General were actually here telling me that. Perhaps he could come for a visit once the clean-up is done.

On a final note, if you’re still having trouble with your middle section, perhaps I could offer you a brief respite, care of ThrowPaper.com.

Steph T.