Tales of a Highly Caffeinated JulNoWriMo Enthusiast – Day 23

Today I will teach you how to solve Writer’s Block with muffins.

Now you’re curious. So keep reading.

I should not be blogging when I’m tired. But the past few days have been abnormal enough that I guess I’m past the point of caring whether or not anything I write or say makes sense. Thus, muffins.

I’m up to 34,000 words now, but today was a serious writing struggle. I always talk about never forcing yourself to write when you don’t want to, but thankfully it’s not a lack of desire to write that’s blocking me today. I just literally have not been able to put an entire scene together from the time I sat down to write and the time I entered my new count and moved on to something else. You’re going to have days like this when you’ve been writing practically every day for almost a month, but that doesn’t mean I like them. I really don’t. I don’t like when my ideas are scattered around in my brain and won’t make friends with other vital plot points.

It’s even hard to type all this out now. So let’s talk about love triangles.

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Unfortunately, my novel has one. A big one. I do try my best to avoid them, but to be completely honest, Patrick literally popped up out of nowhere. He did not exist in the original story nor did I plan on Kim having any love interests other than Jim, the biology teacher. And then Patrick walked into the room with muffins, and everything changed.

Ah, now the connection appears.

They’re not his muffins – someone else made them, actually, and he just happens to like them and doesn’t care much about spoiling his lunch by inhaling a few during a faculty meeting.

Let’s make it quick and simple: Jim likes Kim but is afraid of romantic attachment for a plethora of complex reasons (reasons you will only discover by reading the book – sorry!). Kim doesn’t know if she is attracted to Jim romantically or because she is a psychiatrist and naturally wants to help solve his problems. Patrick sort of flirts with everyone, but it’s not his fault. He’s lonely and doesn’t know what to do about it. But he does like Kim, at least he thinks so, and Kim feels attracted to him because, well, because of the way he waves his hands around when he talks. It reminds her of her husband.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

So – how does all this relate to muffins? And Writer’s Block?

Because as soon as I mentioned the word muffins, an endless realm of possibilities opened up in front of you. And you probably got a little hungry, too.

Funny how inspiration works that way.

Love&hugs, Meg<3

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One thought on “Tales of a Highly Caffeinated JulNoWriMo Enthusiast – Day 23

  1. Wait, so…an unplanned character just randomly turned up an initiated an unplanned subplot? That really is quite impressive :P.

    I’ve been deviating from my plan in a couple of ways, but nothing that extreme. I’m actually hoping to wrestle my story back along the lines of my outline for at least a little while, though I’m sure I’ll start moving away from it again sooner or later.

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