I made a "breakthrough" this weekend in my latest YA novel effort. All the ideas were there, floating around in a cerebral stew, but I couldn't quite nail it. I couldn't quite get them all to cooperate and gel into something plot-like.
I'm a little ashamed to say I found my lost organization in this book:
Book in a Month has some major flaws--the most salient being it is set up like a screenwriting course. Is that what every modern author is supposed to aspire to be, a screenwriter? Almost every example in the book is related to popular movies, and I found that a little vexing. But--because of this book, I began to think of my book as a series of related scenes, each leading to the next and each with a purpose. A lightbulb clicked on.
I scribbled like mad, and now I have thirty odd scenes and lots of other tiny bits and I wish I could write faster.
Oh, and I'm calling this book Borrowed Saints. Thoughts?