Day Three of One Paragraph

Last night I started my prompt of writing one paragraph a day by asking questions about one of my never ending novels. I’ve been on an eternal drift of introductions and I experimented with perspectives. Which voice called to me more? Which introduction did I go back to the most?

Of course, my wonder brain was drawn to the more difficult one. This means that I’m in the head of a male character, who’s characters traits include spying and being an assassin. The story is about a young woman who is lead to Paris by another spy master who’s trying to lure out her father. A man she never knew.

What kind of college graduate wouldn’t want to know the man behind the cryptic letter to her, especially when the man and woman she calls her aunt and uncle claim they know him. They don’t trust the man behind the letter but they say it’s something she needs to know. All she knows about her past is that her mother dropped her off at a friend’s farm, and that there was never any mention of her father.

The ebb and flow of my story in waiting has gone through the full spectrum of doubt, change, challenge, and wound back at the beginning more than once. There’s been times I stayed up all night for several days, only to come to a grinding halt. If any story has given me pain, it’s been this one. The story remains as much of a mystery as my main character’s past.

Getting all the words on the page without being too cliche has put me on a rollercoaster that stops to let out other passengers but I can’t get off the ride. In other words, it’s one of the few stories I’ve been working on my entire life. I know I need to just bang it out and not fear the first draft but it never feels right.

Maybe my ability to push out my baby and birth the story is held back by fear. I feel an addition coming to my new year resolutions. Well, I guess this is perfect time for my prompts. I just need to follow my advice and think of one paragraph at a time. The good news is I have several paragraphs working on this story. I guess this means it’s time to keep going. Write another paragraph today and let loose, fear and all.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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