I'm finally off with White Echoes! It took two full weeks before I fell into a good writing rhythm, but it's here at last. And I think I found why it was so difficult.
I don't like set up. (of course if you read the post's title, you guessed that one)
All this time spent introducing characters, hinting at the world, foreshadowing the main character... It's like that part in chess when you plan six moves ahead. The ability to do so is important. It's capital.
The same goes for a novelist's ability to set up the plot.
I understand all that. I really do. I still don't like set up.
But I'm nearly done with it in White Echoes. I'm reaching my First Plot Point! I'm writing it! I'll sail right past it, and into the story proper.
One word: WHEEEE! (yeah, not a real word. HUSH)