So I’m still waiting for the coffee to brew and the kid is home sick with a cold. I also have 30 days to get this new book done and this is my current problem:
Yup. I have no conflict at all in my current book. No angst, no villain, no… drama.
The above screenshot is one of the reasons I like writing in Ulysses, by the way, because I can leave my comments along the way. It’s the beauty of Markdown language. As long as the text is enclosed in those plus signs ++ then the words between the opening and closing ++ are all hidden in the final product, whether it’s a mobi, epub, pdf, HTML or Word document.
It’s basically analytical me talking to creative me… like a nagging housewife. This whole book so far at 28K words is riddled with such comments before, within and after each chapter. It’s ridiculous. And its common theme is conflict: there is none between the heroine and her love interest.
I polled my readers last night about what they liked about it and the one thing all the responses had in common was that the couple reconnects after some time apart, and there are no problems between them. No conflict, they said – but they liked it because it was “different.”
I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I’ve always written my characters with so much angst that past readers have asked me if I hated women so much that I’d subject them to so much pain and anguish. They hated it so much they stopped reading. So now I have a couple who seem to hit it off and a part of me is looking for problems because, well, I’m a writer. If there were no problems, there’d be nothing to write about.
And they lived happily ever after.
That doesn’t quite stand on its own, does it?