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January 5, 2018

To Do, January 4th 2018

So as far as the novel is going, we are still full steam ahead for December 31, 2018. There’s no stopping this train! Well, one thing actually. Four days into the new year and I actually haven’t done any writing. I did however:

  • Write a basic world building overview and sent for peer review
  • Establish characters and the beginning of an outline

And so far…that’s it. Here’s the dilemma: I can write and realize I’ve worded myself into a corner or I can make an outline and outline myself into a corner. Therein lies the problem. I don’t actually have an intriguing premise. “People go on road trip” is not particularly captivating. You can summon good stories pretty succinctly.

Game of Thrones: People try to win the Iron Throne.

Hunger Games: Kids fight each other in a battle royale to the death.

WWE: Buff guy fights other buff guy for world championship.

There’s a goal, a destination and then the potential for conflict. I think that’s the crux of what I’ve been missing. My heroes go on adventures but there’s never really a reason why.

The Why is what drives our lives. When you put your heart and soul into something, it is for a reason that touches the very depth of your being. This is the same for fictional and real people.

I’m going to think about this tonight, we’ll push that meter up by one percent before January’s end.

-Trung

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