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I am struggling with my WIP right now. I have the synopsis, the characters, the beginning, but I still feel stuck. No way could or would I write an outline to every chapter as some writers I know. Honestly, I don't feel the need to be so tightly organized. It's not so much that I'm out of ideas or that I don't know the main events. The problem I am having is just getting the actual scenes down on paper. In fact, I am struggling to make myself open the file and freewrite until I unstop my stop. Am I alone in this?
Does anyone else ever find it difficult to get back into the flow, that groove of creativity where the characters just write it for you? Sigh. I know I'm a pantser, and I plan, always, to literally delete the first chapter, or even two. I like to brainstorm the "feel" of a piece, to get my creative juices running so that I have some momentum.
So why this dead stop? Am I tired of the storyline? No, I really like it. Do I hate the point of view? No, in fact I wrote the first chapter in both third and first point of view to get a feel for what I liked. Oh no, is this writer's block? Aaaaargh! No, not exactly. I know where I need to go. For some reason, I am not FLOWING. It is a struggle to move forward in an enjoyable rythm.
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7/1/2015 07:16:03 am
Yes, the flow of writing can have its ups and downs. Maybe if you try breaking a scene into three - a simple sentence to open, a mid sentence to push action forward, and then an ending sentence with a hook to the next scene/chapter - that would help. It has helped me in the past. Or at least it got me over that writing hump. I'm hopping over as an IWSG co-host to wish you lots of positive writing verve!
7/1/2015 08:03:00 am
Thanks, Sheri! Some great advice. I'll give it a try. And thanks for hosting!
7/1/2015 11:22:58 am
Maybe you need something to inspire you further? Some music? Or going to a place that is similar to a scene in the book?
7/1/2015 05:20:38 pm
Wow, I really like the muse-seeking ideas. I could use a short road trip, for sure. Thanks for the advice!
7/2/2015 03:22:06 am
I have that problem, a lot. It might help to read what you've previously written, or jump ahead and write a scene from a different part of the story, or add some odd circumstance (man with a gun, zombie attack) for your characters to react to, which you can always take out later when you are back in the flow again.
7/2/2015 04:03:33 am
Wow, I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this. Thanks for the great suggestions. I should have posted about this long ago!
7/2/2015 04:25:16 am
When I get to a "soft spot" and know where I want to go, I let myself write horribly until I get to where I want to be, knowing that I can come back and fix it later.
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