Posted on 11/03/2021 at 09:10 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In our personal lives, it sometimes becomes apparent that what we think is the problem isn’t actually the real issue — like, say, when a person moves cities, only to encounter the same internal dissatisfaction, just with a different physical setting.

That’s true of writing, too, says book coach Susan DeFreitas.

More often than not, her clients — and those of other coaches — think they’re stuck on their novel’s plot.

But in reality, these writers haven’t figured out the characters’ emotional arcs.

DeFreitas offers questions to writers struggling with their novels’ plot that should illustrate where their real sticking point is, in a guest post for Jane Friedman’s blog.

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