Blockage.

16 Nov

Lordy do I have writers block.

I’m stuck on my NaNo. Well, maybe not stuck, but conflicted. I’m not sure where to take the story. It’s taking me for a walk, and I’m fighting it. Maybe that’s the problem-I should just keep writing and go where it tells me, for now. The main character’s feeling of loss and being lost is rubbing off. I don’t know where to take her!

This writers block is rubbing off onto posts. I have started three this morning, only to hit save and walk away. I don’t know what is wrong with my head today. I just can’t get anything straight.

And it’s pouring rain. POURING. I didn’t bring a coat. Let’s hope that in 7 hours, it will no longer BE raining.

Unblock me people.

6 Responses to “Blockage.”

  1. Kathy November 16, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    I’m procrastinating. I should be wrapping mine up (and the only reason I’m ahead is I’ve written a lot of crap). I did too much too quickly, and now I really can’t motivate myself to write the last 10,000 words.

  2. Kelly O November 16, 2007 at 2:52 pm #

    When I’m stuck, it’s because there’s something I want to write but I know I can’t or shouldn’t (because co-workers or my family reads my blog). So I think your instincts are right; see where the walk takes you. If it’s down a dead end, you can always back-track later, right?

  3. cerebralmum November 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    John’s advice over at The Writer’s Resource was this…

    1. Introduce a new character
    2. Solve a problem
    3. Create a new problem
    4. Jump forward or backward in the timeline
    5. Let the larger world play a role (Natural disaster, political turmoil, conflict between strangers, etc.)
    6. Have a character change their mind about something important

    Then, when he stalled at 18,000 words, he added some more advice, including tying Stephen King to your bed, or farming out narration to a virtual assistant in India.

  4. thordora November 16, 2007 at 5:10 pm #

    I pretty much resolved myself to #4 about 2 hours ago, so we’ll try that this weekend. Thank you for this list though! That helps.

    A virtual assistant in India…hmmm. Would they also provide pakoras?

  5. Eden November 17, 2007 at 12:13 am #

    Would a TC writing prompt help?

    http://www.toasted-cheese.com/webcal/webcal.cgi

    They go back as far as January 2002 & I wrote many of them 🙂

    Maybe introduce a new character or take her someplace. Does she need a road trip?

  6. krista November 17, 2007 at 9:01 am #

    I am totally in the same place with nano. It’s the halfway point ya know? Kind of like wednesdays are hump day…

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