of the hardest things for me to do in writing my current novel isn't the
writing. It's creating the plot, specifically, keeping the focus where it should
be — in this case, on what the characters feel, what they want.
After three weeks
of wondering why this is such a problem, I realize that part of the reason is
my reporting and editing background. I'm so used to keeping to the facts for journalism
and the how-to for editing that I lose my way when I leave those mindsets. One
bit of advice that's helped: "Keep,
up front, how people are emotionally connected to each other.