- Ensuring that the plot is (and remains) character driven.
- Decide what's going to happen to push Kate & Matt together.
- Plan how I'm going to go even DEEPER into the emotional conflict.
Finally!!! My very first rejections from M&B (many moons ago) told me that my stories lacked emotional punch. It's taken me forever to understand what that meant. Even though I've come a very long way from those cringeworthy first efforts, I still never really 'got' it.
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EMOTIONAL PUNCH = DIGGING DEEPER STILL INTO EMOTIONAL CONFLICT
So there we have it. That elusive, mysterious ingredient.
To think that I thought discovering it was the hard part (well, it took me long enough, didn't it!). I was wrong. The hard bit has now arrived...PUTTING THE BLOOMING INGREDIENT INTO PRACTICE!