Switching Story Structure in My Brain


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.


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.  🙂