Are you concentrating on “writing well” instead of creating a story?

Thus while your sentences may indeed be beautiful, there's no real sense of urgency, no drive, no story logic.

And so you may be thinking of giving up, or at least taking a nice long nap and starting again when you’re rested, or when the time is right, or when Mercury is out of retrograde – which basically translates to: A week From never.

Don’t do it!

 Here’s the secret to becoming a Story Genius:

The story is what creates beautiful writing, not the other way around. 

I can help you learn what a story REALLY is and how to write one. Choose one of the following three paths forward:

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1. READ MY NEW BOOK, STORY GENIUS: HOW TO USE BRAIN SCIENCE TO GO BEYOND OUTLINING AND WRITE A RIVETING NOVEL (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

 
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2. TAKE ONE OF MY STORY GENIUS WORKSHOPS (EITHER SELF-STUDY OR COACHED)

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3. WORK WITH ME ONE-ON-ONE TO ZERO IN ON YOUR STORY FROM THE INSIDE OUT (CHOOSE ONE OF THREE PLANS)

 
I love your new book! You completely changed the way I write and you’ve made it a million more time fun. And easier. I was making things happen rather than having my main character make them happen, so the whole thing was becoming a bit of a struggle and a big, fat mess. Thank you!
— Louisa Hamilton White