Friday, September 9, 2011

Discombobulated Me

Discombobulated: verb, to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: "The author was discombobulated by her story."

(Word of Advice: never Google Images "discombobulated." It's very disconcerting.)

So I think I've found the main source of my Middle Block: I can't justify my MC having much to do with the plot.

(1) He's much too busy learning and training to waste energy solving a mystery that's really not his problem, (2) it's not in his nature to even want to, and (3) even if it was there is no reason the people in charge would allow him to go anywhere near it (never really an issue in books, but still a brick in the wall I find blocking my way).

I am tempted not to deal with it until the second draft, but if I leave it I know for a fact that there will be no second draft. When a first draft needs that much work I give up on it - one of my many flaws that has kept me from yet being published.

Needless to say: Ugh. Apparently a serious study of my story is required. Or at the very least a new plot angle. XP Now, where did I put that chisel...?


  1. If you want someone to brainstorm with, maybe I could help. ^^ I'm rather good at connecting random things, giving my characters reasons to do stuff... Maybe talking it out with someone would spark some ideas about how to make him more important to your plot. :)

  2. I like to take a note out of NaNo's suggestions: kill somebody. :D