Pushing myself

My last manuscript came so easily I know the time has come to push past what I know I can do. I’ve always enjoyed strong themes, subtle fantasy and literary elements in my stories, but how do I challenge myself to build upon that?

The idea came to me in a dream, believe it or not, and the first thing I thought upon waking is “how the hell do I pull this one off?”

I had no concept of the plot, minimal knowledge of the subject and an epic theme to somehow incorporate into all this lack. But I really wanted to do it. If I can pull it off, it will be something really stellar.

So I expect I will be drawing on all my experience and discipline in the coming months as well as seeking help and insight for improvement. I’d appreciate any advice you have to give too. Right now my biggest questions are this?

When you’re working the framing format of a character telling a story- how do you keep the transition smooth and how do you “show, don’t tell” the story being told?

How have you found experts to help you with research?

How do you keep readers on the hook when the main character is unrelateable and hard to like?

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