I have 55,000 words complete so far. Yes, that is a huge accomplishment, but I still have about 25,000 words left. This is a monumental task, but I have convinced myself that I am up to the challenge. I have an outline but, I am starting to get a sinking feeling that something is missing. My efforts feel forced. This week, I discovered the story grid design by Shawn Coyne. He has a very helpful podcast. I've decided to use this tool to break down my story and it's structure and try to identify the problems that have caused me to lose my oomph. Next week, I will let you know what I have figured out. Until then, check out the The Story Grid Podcast. It is really enlightening. I'm not finished with the race, I'm just taking a water break. Happy writing!