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How do you write a book again?

It appears I’ve forgotten how to write a book. No joke. I’ve been working on my NaNoWriMo piece for four days now and it’s HARD. Nothing is flowing like normal. Those little plot lightening bolts I get when I’m first starting a story…not here.

So I think there are two possible causes of my storm-fee brain. First, I’m trying to write a book in book form with chapters, not scenes. Before is told in scenes, which means it’s a little skippier (spell check, skippier IS a word) than a normal book but I’d figured out how to get around that by the end. Now I’m trying to tell a story chronologically, not in scenes, and it seems I’ve forgotten how to do it. Logically I know it shouldn’t feel that different but it feels worlds apart.

Second, I also think I’m caught up in trying to write in order. Before…Before (oy) I’d never written in order just wrote the scenes as I wanted. Now I’m used to writing in order…but Reverse is giving me a he** of a time with this whole “in order” thing. It feels boring. Maybe I just haven’t gotten into the feel of the book yet, I don’t know. But it definitely makes me want to hit my head against something hard.

And it's definitely not that I chose the wrong story to write, because I LOVE my characters and their story. (Also it helps that my boy MC kind of looks like Jeremy on The Vampire Diaries.) I've been chomping at the bit to write this story. So I don't know what's wrong.

I'll leave you with this:

Sigh.

Anyone have any sage advice on how to start writing this a book? Or want to chime in about your favorite TVD character? I'm kind of in love with Jeremy right now, and of course Caroline.

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lizwhelan
Nov. 9th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
YOU DON'T WATCH TVD?!?!?! This must be rectified. *plots* Best show on TV right now IMO. (Also I <3 Brittney too!! But I'd totally ditch Glee for TVD.)
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lizwhelan
Nov. 12th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Biggest Losah evah (me)
The Vampire Diaries. TVD for short. :)
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