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Book Update

Funny you should ask... the book writing isn't going well at all. Here's how the process looks so far:

Brainstorm idea for a novel. Conduct extensive research (no, really... the library staff downtown knows me now). Take copious notes. Select photos of actors who can portray characters in what is sure to be an award-winning movie someday. Keep developing storyline. Write ten pages.

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Realize it's now going to take approximately a billion pages to tell this story, which has gotten entirely out of hand. Beginning talking about making it a series. Ignore amused Darcy smirk over talk of a book series when one hasn't even written 20 pages. Start rethinking decision to begin a novel that aspires to combine historical fiction and fantasy, like a Phillipa Gregory/JK Rowling smoothie (perhaps a cocktail would be the better choice at this point).

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Go through same process again with strictly historical fiction focus this time, and entirely different characters. So, new book. Write lots and lots and lots of notes and no actual story at all. Abandon this idea as well.

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Decide it would probably be "easier" to write a general fiction novel that doesn't require quite as much research (dude, if any of these novels ever actually get written, they are going to be the most factually accurate fiction you've ever read).

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Brainstorm general plot of new novel, leaving certain amount of scope for the imagination. Develop charming main character and fabulous supporting cast. Write backstory for important people. Begin award winning author-recommended strategy of writing novel out in short, 4-5 sentence scenes, keeping end goal of 40 to 70 scenes in mind. Get to scene #14 and realize a. this is hard and b. I've inadvertantly introduced a love triangle that I have no idea how to resolve. Left too much scope for the imagination, apparently.

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Realize all of my main female characters in each book attempt have had red hair. Make mental note to avoid creation of a modern-day Anne Shirley (tempting, though).

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Start thinking maybe I should just return to the first novel - at least there are 10 pages written. Ignore Darcy-leprechaun hybrid as he smirks wider, since that's what he's been suggesting all along. Resolve to keep red headed heroine.

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Write blog posts instead.