Last night I opened my middle grade mystery novel and read a few sentences. “What the heck do I do with this? I wondered.  I know I need to cut out unnecessary bits and add emotional relevancy to what I keep, but I feel like I don’t even know where to begin cutting.  I did get myself a copy of  Writing the Breakout Novel which I could get out and start reading.  Then I wonder if I really need more information or if I’m just procrastinating. 

This morning something happened that got me thinking about the relationship bewtween fathers and daughters, how much daughters crave their father’s approval even when they shouldn’t.  I wrote a couple paragraphs in my journal and I think it may be a useful idea for the new novel.  I had intended the main character to not have any living parents but now I think I may have a bit of an estranged relationship for her with a father. 

I think I will go get out Writing the Breakout Novel.  I’m certainly stuck with my feet up enough to need some reading material out.

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