How many escapes does it take?

When structuring a story, you can get lost in the details. You can fall into traps that slow you down. From time to time reality, can get in the way. It can punch you in the face. The same questions follow you down the page as you’re writing; Does the character have a middle name? Can one shot replace this whole scene? How many characters is too many? How many times does the character have to escape?

Am I writing another movie that I’ll never make? That’s a big one. 

When you believe in what you’re writing it feels like the film has already been made. You can see the scenes and the story keeps growing. The uncomfortable questions will keep coming up and working your way through the answers is what will lead you to the next page.