I first aired these concerns in another member's thread, when that member asked how to avoid page after page of 'I did this, then he did that...' I'm now starting this thread in the hope I can get some concentrated advice on the matter. As I said in the other thread, I'm at my most comfortable when writing action, dialogue and describing scenes, but I can't write 70,000+ words of this stuff, as I'm already starting to feel like the pattern is getting very monotonous. I'm getting tired of starting sentences with 'I [insert adjective]...' Of course I'm not suggesting every sentence I write starts like this. As I say there's dialogue and descriptions in there too, but it's starting to feel more like a film script than a novel. How do I write the abstract stuff? The introspective stuff? Exposition? Or more to the point, what am I supposed to be achieving with these other elements? I need to stop and let my MC think, reflect on things, and then paint those elements for my reader, but this doesn't come as easily to me. Even though I know, more often than not, what will happen next in the adventure, it's like I don't know what he's thinking or how he's feeling. He's more like a mechanical device for my story than a living, breathing person.