I have written two first novels. I still identify with my first two heroines. I am still in love with my first two heroes.
Through practice, reading, and on-line classes, I have honed my plotting skills. I am itching to redraft my first borns and give them the best possible chance to be published, but this has proved harder than I expected.
So I have plotted a third story. Get one good notch on my belt (quill?). This story will have no sagging middle, no twirling word-dervish eddies.
I know already who dun it--and how. I have charted my leads' emotional journeys. Made sure my heroine is more confident of her inner strengths at the outset. (Like me?)
I have a solid image of my hero. I have not fallen hard for him yet, but my heroine will. And so will I.