Have you ever tried dissecting the inner workings of your own brain? In the past month, I have been examining Sara Gruen’s novel Water for Elephants in an attempt to understand why it worked. I have looked at each scene and made note of how it turned. I then took this new knowledge and applied it to the editing process on my own rough draft. Things were going well until I hit the middle. The middle of my novel looks kind of like a middle aged man who drinks a lot of beer. It is kind of sluggish and wondering what happened to its youthful momentum. It left me with the realization that I still have a lot of work to do and the editing phase may be even harder than the writing phase. I am so ready for this book to be birthed so that I can move on to my next brain child, but I am not going to start on anything else until this is finished or at least in the hands of an editor. For me, working on another project is just one way that Resistance rears its ugly head and tries to keep me from getting my work done. If you haven’t read Shawn Coyne’s book, The Story Grid, I highly recommend it. I am using it in my editing process. I’ve also read Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art and I am working on his new book, Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit. They are all enlightening. Until next time my fellow creatives, happy writing!