My impasse has been broken.  I resolved an issue between two characters.

A chapter ended with an argument and both of them left angry.  Initially, I followed their disagreement with several chapters outlining their emotional internalizations.  My writing coach, Alida Winternheimer, critiqued them as, frankly, “boring”.

I couldn’t let their back-stories go.  I wanted to tell the reader all about it.  This created my impasse.  Again Alida hit the nail on the head.  I needed to focus on action not musings.  The former obviously more appropriate for a biotech thriller.

I moved the back-story chapters into my “revision” folder and began a rewrite.  Focusing on “action”, I distilled the “internalization” chapters into one.  A definite improvement.

This year ended on a high note.  The joy of writing has returned.  In closing I want to wish you all a happy, and, more importantly, a healthy New Year.


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3 responses to ““DO…OR DO NOT”


    I wish you the same. Hello to your
    Beautiful wife.

    Tom Stillman
    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Well done! Isn’t it so often true that impasses happen when the action peters out? They do for me, anyway. And when the solution pops in, man, the pleasure!


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