My Novel Is Eating My Brain – Zombie Apocalypse?

I have a very hard time doing this wondrous thing they call “relaxing.” I’ve tried my very hardest to be successful at it the past few days, but I’m not sure I have. I don’t feel comfortable sitting around doing “nothing.” I can’t relax at home. I need to GO somewhere. A beach, a library, a mall for goodness sake (and I hate shopping!).

Thankfully, I’m a writer. I have my own stories to take me to places and times unseen.

The fact that I have not even opened my novel since Wednesday is only a nagging thought somewhere deep in my subconscious, not too much of a bother unless I’m between “tasks” (those tasks being, oh I don’t know, reading, tanning, maybe some more reading) and start thinking about my characters again. I love thinking about my characters. Novel Nerds – unite!

No, my book isn’t about zombies. Don’t even go there.

Because there are many different plot lines, each with their own POV (Kim, Melody, Ally, Brittany, Maddie, Morgan, Tiffany and Dana) I’ve spent most of my runs and workouts this week thinking about the common thread that’s going to tie them together. There’s already an ending line that each plot ends with (whether at the end of the book or end of Part 1, I have yet to decide). And all their stories are intertwined. I just don’t want to make it too complicated. I’m going to need someone to read it just to tell me whether or not they can keep up with everything.

I’m starting to like Melody’s story just as much as Ally’s – and since Brittany’s is so closely tied into Ally’s and Melody’s, I’m starting to really like hers, too. I do miss working on the TV script, though. It was a great way to practice dialogue.

My dialogue may not be perfect (is anyone’s?), but it’s better than it used to be. I blame that on my high school creative writing teacher. “Blame.” More like thank.

Writing about my writing makes me want to write more. Why do you think I blogged all throughout July Novel Writing Month? If you’re blocked in one, switch to the other, or another, or even another – I’ve scribbled out a few poems or a verse of song lyrics over the past few weeks just to have a different project to keep my creativity flowing for a little while.

But I’m also addicted to Sarah Dessen’s new book. So we’ll see how much writing actually gets done between tonight and tomorrow.

Love&hugs, Meg<3

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