I've set Gypsy aside to give it a little time before I go back and edit. That way, hopefully, I'll read what I actually wrote as opposed to what I did write and make the necessary corrections.
In the meantime I'm working on Family Secrets. This is actually a story I started years ago but never finished. It finalled in a couple of contests, so someone else thinks it's pretty good, too. I'm halfway through and have the rest of the story plotted out but I'm having problems staying interested and focused.
Perhaps that's because it's a pretty intense story. I've pushed the heroine pretty hard and she's starting to crack. I think I need to have something funny happen about now. Of course, since this is a murder mystery I'll have to think about it a bit. And, of course, it has to move the plot forward. No extraneous scenes! If it's not relevant, it's gonna get axed in editing.
How do you keep the writer--and the reader--interested in the story? Conflict. But I already have plenty of conflict. Plot twists. I've got a love triangle, a secret baby (not the heroine's!) and blackmail as well as the murder.
Hmm. I suppose another murder would liven things up....