Over at the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog, Julie Glover is blogging about how to breathe new life into a story that just isn’t working. Here’s what she had to say.

A Round of Words in 80 Days

This past year, I wrestled and wrangled with a manuscript over and over, trying to skillfully execute what I knew was a good story idea with engaging characters.

But it wasn’t coming together.

No matter how many times I pored over the chapters, marked up the drafts, and reconsidered point of view and setting and tense and so on, the book just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t yet the book it could be, the book I would want to pull off a bookstore shelf.

The book wasn’t working.

So I stepped back and took a fresh look at the whole kit-and-caboodle. Where had I gone astray? Why was my wonderful story with characters I loved so difficult to get onto the page?

If you feel your manuscript is going off track, don’t give up. You can turn it around.

Replot the book. If you’re a plotter, you already…

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