I'm nearing the halfway point in my word count goal of 80k and in the actual narrative. All of the disparate parts are about to come together and meet. Which is when the story takes a major left turn.
What did I learn today? That in order to make a compelling story, the stakes must be huge. They don't necessarily need to be worldwide huge but they have to be huge for the character. Your character has to feel like it's his/her whole world. If your character feels it, the reader will.
Now I must do laundry. Yay, fun!