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I spent today replotting my entire novel from beginning to furthest point written.  Why?  Well it had gotten to the point that I couldn’t boil the plot down to a one line description.  When Pot asked, I couldn’t specifically say that the book is about x.  This was a very good sign that I had way too many plot threads going on.  So I gave it some thought and decided that this is really Wyatt’s story.  So I had to go back and refocus the plot on him, on the series of cold-case homicides he must solve to save the woman he loves.  He now has his own agenda for being at Blackbourne Hall, so that actually made fodder for some interesting conflicts.  I came up with several new scenes to insert, and more focus on Wyatt’s personal investigation into these old cases.  It’s not finished, of course, but I think it’ll help.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get going again tomorrow.  I’m ditching the prologue as such and expanding the story before the story to a full chapter.  There was more that happened than just Wyatt finding the body.  There were repercussions.  I was surprised to find out that the killer was there.  He saw Wyatt as a boy, hiding in the brush while the authorities exhumed his first victim.  And he (the killer) recognizes Wyatt when he comes back as a man.  It causes some interesting problems and fills in some sort of dead spot holes in my plot.  Some fodder for the Dreaded Valley of the Shadow of the Middle! Woo! Time for bed.

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