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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Writer's Block

Someone asked me the other day about writer's block. Perhaps it's something I used to struggle with but not anymore. I've learned not to stress if I reach a point in the story and I'm unsure how to proceed.

I've found if I relax, get away from the computer for a bit, my brain works through the solution. Even if it doesn't immediately, I can skip ahead to another scene, although I seldom do that now.

I've mentioned before how I've worked out the best writing plan for me. I write 20,000 words at a time--the beginning, the middle, and the end. I do not do a detailed outline but do know how I want each section to end and work toward that goal. I jot down scenes, as many as I can think of, before I begin writing. Until I get the beginning close to being coherent, I don't move on to the next part. 

This first draft is only for getting down the story. Later I go back to add more description or other details. I also keep a notebook for each book I write and gather quotes, ideas, characters, names, etc. as I go along. 

It's always been amazing how many ideas jump out at me from movies, books, articles, or even everyday life when I write. I often wonder if it's because I'm looking for them or being led to them. Either way works. 

And I have to mention music. Music is a big part of summoning the writing muse. 

So, writer's block? What's that? :)

2 comments:

  1. Do you really write 20,000 words at a time? Wow! I can get about 1000 during one session. Since discovering the Three Act Story Structure, writing has been much easier. I use this structure as an outline, filling in as I go and modifying as needed. (Yes, I went back in and ripped out 20,000 words from the first published version of that first book and rewrote it! Kill those darlings, right?) I also follow your methods in the other points, except music. After years of dance class, when the music starts, I dance, even if it is only in my mind. Sort of kills the writing muse....

    Looking forward to picking up your new books, Sheila.

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    1. Not all in one writing session! I've discovered if I write over 10,000 words a day that I'm brain dead for a few days! I do try to write the 20,000 words within a week so that I can keep the momentum going. Thanks for stopping by, Marie!

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