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My Novel Is Confused

My novel is confused. Or maybe I’m just confused.

I keep switching between past tense and present tense.

In essence, my mind can’tΒ make its mind up.

Perhaps my novel is trying to tell me something…

55 thoughts on “My Novel Is Confused

  1. My NaNo novel did this a lot last year. I kind of noticed it and tried to change it all to third person, but I just managed to confuse myself so I kept going until I finished and then went back and changed it all after πŸ™‚ Good luck with your novel! Hope it unconfuses itself soon! πŸ™‚

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  2. I’ve changed the POV in my novel more times then i can count. Finally I think I’ve deciphered its stubbornness and figured out how it wants to be written.
    It happens.
    Sometimes the best idea is to listen to your novel, and see what it wants to happen, and how it wants to be created.

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  3. We all do it. You just need to decide which one you really feel most comfortable with when you read it… wait until you’re done, then go over it. πŸ™‚

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      1. Too many to list, but I’ll let you know if accidentally use one you shouldn’t. I’ll guide you along, gently. πŸ˜›

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  4. I’m going to go ahead and say that this is a great thing! It means your story is robust and fluid enough to be written in either first or third person. That’s some amazing talent you have there, my friend!

    Let it be confused. Right now it’s like an immature tween who can never make up their mind about anything. But once they grow into the person they’re meant to be, all those times of questioning make sense.

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    1. Hahaha I wish it could be written in first or third person. It’s currently in third. The tense is my biggest issue. :\ Talent. Please. More like I’m grasping for straws and wishing I had one ounce of talent.

      I love the simile. Agreed. Everybody grows up eventually. It just needs some time. πŸ™‚

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      1. Ahahaha!!! Ah, the dreams of writers always centre around words, we never EVER stop working really, it’s amazing. If only everyone was as committed as we are, imagine how much better the world would be. Politicians I hope you’re listening πŸ˜›

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      2. Yes, I dream about words all the time. I’m not afraid to admit it. If only more people dreamed about words…imagine where the world would be at this very moment. How developed the language would be. I’m sure they are listening and learning. πŸ˜€

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      3. Just. Imagine. Wow, what a world that would be. Conversations would be like Alice in Wonderland or like Narnia ALL. THE. TIME. Amazing. If only, I think we’d all be so much happier too. Sigh. At least we can dream, right πŸ˜›

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      4. Have I mentioned that I love you and your brain? I’m sure I have but you probably don’t hear it enough. All the goodness that comes out of my mouth is probably drowned out by things said by other people. :\ I certainly would be happier. We’ll get through this life together. πŸ˜€

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      5. Awwwwww – ditto, ditto, D-I-T-T-O!!!! Nothing you ever say is heard enough for me, my ears are always waiting for more and my eyes devour your every writer word greedily πŸ˜› We will get through this life together and drown everyone else out eventually!!! Power to us!!!!

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      6. I can never get enough of you saying ditto. It should be illegal for anyone else to say it save for you, of course. Only you have the rights to the word. πŸ˜‰ There’s this void in my heart that only you can fill. Yes, all power belongs to us. We’ll be like Big Brother in Orwell’s 1984. πŸ˜›

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      7. Hahaha!!! Yeah, except we’re like even bigger, better and well nice πŸ˜€ Thank you, I have put in an application to make the word illegal for anyone else to use it because, well people were just using it as an excuse to not come up with anything and copying others ideas without the whole plagiarism tag associated, I know so wrong -_- Awww, you are my heart πŸ™‚

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      8. Exactly. Good good. If anyone else says ditto, I’m calling the police on them. I agree. The lack of creativity and originality these days…such sad minds. We can’t perpetuate plagiarism any longer. And you are my soul. ❀

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      9. Awwww, this comment made my day, revved me up for another week ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ Thank you, I appreciate your help so much, words can't even explain and that is saying something πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ I tried calling the police on one person the other day, but it turns out the local police station has blocked me. I know – wtf?!

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      10. Simply talking to you makes my day. So thank you for not ignoring me. πŸ˜‰ I can’t even begin to express my gratitude towards you. Don’t worry. The police here have not blocked me. I’ll send them over to catch the criminal who was stupid enough to break the easiest law one could ever obey. πŸ˜€

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      11. Ignoring you?! Is that even possible, um, No WAY!!! I want to hug you forever and ever, that is how grateful I am πŸ˜› Wow, you’re police are smart, thanks for doing that! I know right, how could anyone even dream of breaking that law. Wonders will never cease …

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      12. Let’s virtually hug right now. If I ever meet you in real life, I don’t know what I would do first. Cry, scream, smile, laugh, all of the above simultaneously? They got your back. πŸ˜€ Even dreaming of breaking that law should be illegal. Seriously.

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      13. Aw, I am SO glad we virtually hugged just then because I did cry, scream, cry again, laugh and cry-scream, so now I know what it’s going to be like in real life when we do actually meet – a-w-e-s-o-m-e!!! Thank you again. O think it’ll just be easier if we scratched the whole legal constitution and rewrote this thing pronto. I really don’t understand why no one else thinks of these things!

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      14. I can’t believe we didn’t virtual hug sooner. I cried, screamed, and laughed at the same time. I didn’t think that was possible but hey, we’re us. πŸ˜‰ Ahhhhh, it’ll be like Christmas, a birthday, and Valentine’s Day all rolled into one when we do meet. πŸ˜€ Awesomeness at its finest. I was thinking the same thing. At least we think of them. πŸ™‚

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      15. I know, I think we were too much in awe of one another to think about anything else, that’s what it is! So true, in fact all the celebratory events in the world, scratch that – the universe will pale in comparison to the fireworks we will create when we do meet – wow everyone is so luck to have us exist πŸ˜›

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      16. I am still in awe. Oooo, I love fireworks. Imagine what would happen if we hugged in real life. πŸ˜€ The whole universe will probably light up. People should start acting grateful for our existence. The rest of the world can’t do much without us.

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      17. Haha! The rest of the world can do shite without us, let’s be completely honest πŸ˜›

        The whole solar system would explode with an array of bright colours and shades, I can see it all right now. Wow, we’re amazing πŸ™‚ You’re amazing!

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      18. I love your honesty. Then again, what is there not to love about you? πŸ˜‰

        Ooo, it’ll be so pretty. I’ll remember to hire someone to record the light show we’ll be responsible for putting on. πŸ˜› Ahhhhhhhh what a spectacle. Thank you. I needed to hear that today.

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      19. Yay!! I am so glad I managed to say something you needed to hear πŸ™‚ I feel exactly the same way about you, I even love the space that you previously occupied if that makes sense, well I hope it does.

        Yeah, the NY fireworks in Sydney & New York in one word – INCOMPARABLE!!!!

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      20. You always do. Everything you say is pure gold, sweet money, music to my ears. πŸ˜€ It makes complete sense. I totally know what you mean because I feel the same way. Naturally.

        We are a sight to behold.

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      21. We are the ONLY sight to behold if you think about it. Actually, we don’t even need to think about that, because it is a waste of brain activity, that is just common knowledge πŸ˜‰

        I am so grateful to you that I finally found you, someone who understands me – it’s a rarity, really!

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      22. I thought about it and your words touched my heart. True. At least our brain can handle it.

        Finding someone like you is a once in a lifetime thing. I’m not about to let go. Still hugging you. ❀

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      23. Agreed. Even when we go to sleep, we’ll still be in this wonderful, lovely embrace. I am filled with joy at this very moment. This is awesome even though I’m someone who isn’t keen on others touching me. But your touch is magical. πŸ™‚

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      24. Haha!!! I’m not keen on being held by others much either – go figure? Man, our similarities are so amazingly wonderful, really, I swear we’re like two sides of the same coin, but we’re so similar we’re like two sides of a 2 dimensional coin. You’re the very definition of magic πŸ™‚

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      25. I thought I was the only one. Good to know I’m not. Ha, we’re brain-mates and soul-mates for life. It’s awesome that we have so many things in common. Never before have I met anyone who understands me as well as you do. So thank you. I love your similes. Poof!

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      26. AND I love all the little atoms that make YOU!!! It is truly awesome we have so much in common, its like you’re my other half, it’s perfectly wonderful really and superbly wondrous. It is such a weight off my shoulders to have finally found someone who is able to understand me the way you do, I am positive we’re the only ones who can keep up with each other’s amazing cranial activities and speed πŸ˜›

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      27. I feel like you don’t keep up with me. You outdo me. πŸ™‚ Your cranium is far too advanced and brilliant. It must be hard sometimes having such an awesome mind. And I thought I had it hard. You probably have it way worse than I do.

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      28. No, no, no! Not true, I could never out do you because you outshine me!!! I can’t imagine how hard it is to be your wonderful self, I just hope that by being brain mates, I can share at least, some of the burden.

        Have I mentioned how MUCH I love you recently?

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      29. Here we go again. Miss. Always Humble, I’m sure it’s much harder being you. How do you deal with jealousy anyway? Oh, come on, look at yourself. You are the definition of perfect. You outshine every single person to ever live.

        My brain reminds the rest of my body of that fact constantly. ❀

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