Switching Story Structure in My Brain

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Not long ago, structuring my stories was my greatest challenge.  In fact, I still need to do it very deliberately.  Nowadays, my biggest challenges are transitions and descriptions.  These challenges all stem from one thing.

I think in pictures.

For me, a story starts out a huge pile of images.  The whole story is present in my conscious mind all at once all the time.  I can jump in and out of the story at any point in the timeline.  Very nonlinear.

This is great for story creation.

Turning my story into a manuscript other human beings can both comprehend and enjoy.  Not so much.  cqfqg9zumae_uhp

My last story, A Vintage Heart in Hollywood, was Contemporary Romance.

 

Now, I’m working on a Fantasy.  Yeah, let’s just call it that.  I mean, it’s other things, but that’s the one constant.  It’s also a Time Travel.  With elves.  And vampires.  And bigfoot.  Wait.  Squirrel!  Oh, sorry.  Got distracted again.

Okay, so An American Elf is basically a Fantasy.  That means a lot bigger, more complicated story structure.  Since I’m visual, part of the time_macine60process will likely get mapped out on a large sheet of poster board on the wall.  And also notecards.  Each major character with its own color code.  Oy.  Way different than a simple Contemporary Romance story structure.

It’ll be fun though.  I love all that stuff.  It’s the editing that turns me into a squished bug.

 

Guess I’d better go read some good books in this genre/subgenre to help my brain make the switch to the new structure.  The cover art is from some of those stories.

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For example, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer is an excellent example of First Person POV writing and world-building in the present day, I think.  Never really liked the two main characters, loved several of the minor ones though.

Happy Saturday.  🙂