While I'm just beginning this blog, I'm a few years into the book. Many, many years of thinking and over one year of writing.
I'm still just trying to get through the story. My tendency is to build characters and scenes, to try to find what's really there, behind the action and the talk, to let my characters do what they will. Unfortunately, characters don't always do what you tell them to. Or even if they do, they do it half-heartedly, like they're saying, silently, "Okay, I'll go through the motions for you." So the story doesn't always do what I want it to--or it takes forever to get there.