Welcome to my first post.
I have joined this group with the intention of sharing the golden nuggets of wisdom I've been collecting on the journey to getting published. Are they 14k or fool's gold?
I’ll let you decide..
One of my critique group members posted a question regarding writer's block, here are my thoughts:
Writer's block is an expense most of us can't afford. A frustrating stall in our progress that leaches our productivity and often snowballs into self-doubt. With a full time job and an even fuller family life, every minute I spend in front of the computer has to count. So, I needed real life tools to use when I 'hit the wall'.
I believe writer's block occurs when you have played out a scene to its fullest and don't know where to go next, and/or you have grown bored with the sagging middle of your story. (If you are bored, the reader will be too.)
First things first, make sure you have a goal in mind. It is easy to loose your step if you have no clear destination. You don't have to know which path you're going to take, but you do have to know where you are headed.
With that in mind, if I just can't figure out what comes next, sometimes simply switching the POV is enough to reenergize the story.
If not, I break out the big guns. I like to throw a runaway bus at my characters. Usually, a runaway bus…on fire…full of nuns will cure any stagnate story. It doesn't have to be a bus, but you get my drift. Blindside your characters in the most unexpected time, which is NOW because if the writer isn't expecting it, the reader definitely won't be either.
Since I have started using these tools, I have not suffered from writers block at all, which is fantastic, because I used to get it so bad it would stop me for days, even weeks. Then I would loose the thread of my story and the whole thing would unravel.
If you are stuck right now and decide to throw a runaway bus at your characters, let me know how it works out for you.
Or if you have a great cure for writer's block, post if here so we can all keep writing.
Quote of the Day:
"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."