As a mystery writer, I love misdirection, because it sets me to investigating. Quick and unhelpful answers to writing questions are some of my favourite black boxes.
The knee jerk answer we all get when we ask, “Why am I stuck?” is, “Writers’ block”. Litmus test on this answer: Quick? Sure. Unhelpful? Totally. So why do we accept this answer? I’ll tell you why some of us accept it, it’s because if we have writers’ block then that’s proof we’re actually writers. So, once we relax and agree we really are writers, just as we have always wished to be, let’s deal with the serious issue of being stuck.
If we’re stuck, it’s like being stuck in any aspect of our lives that is getting us down. It means we don’t have excellent goals to keep us interested, excited, and on track. In writing, goals mean outlining. So, when brainpages adhere one to the other, one way to get unstuck is
- Procure a timer
- Set the timer for 5 minutes
- Outline the beginning, middle, and end of your story for 1 character. I often use the story evolution page from the brilliant First Draft in 30 Days : A Novel Writer’s System for Building a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript(Paperback) – 2005 Edition
by Karen Wiesner
Repeat as necessary, for more characters, until the writing mind is raring to go.
In order to avoid getting stuck at all, outlining this way in odd 5 or 10 minute parcels of time during the week works wonders.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers Mel
This week from @yourwritingmuse: Writing down your great goals fuels your writing career beautifully. Admirable practise. Your Writing Muse #amwriting @pulpliterature