Misdirection or 2+2=5
If I’ve jumped in on someone’s day, my bad! I’ve gotten old since last month and my brain decided to take a vacation. Jeannie, jump in here and remind me if I’m the first Tuesday (oops my really bad as this isn’t!) or the second Tuesday, in which case, I’m a little late but good to go. So anyway, along with being another year older, almost moved into new office space and being completely discombobulated, now I’m going to talk about arithmetic? Ha! Nope. I’m not talking about math today. I’m talking about a formula to get over the dreaded Writer’s Block(tm). What’s that you say? Writer’s block? We never get writer’s block! Iffy wouldn’t dare.
Ha! Says you. Guess again, Silver.
Well, okay. Sometimes we get writer’s block.
*raises eyebrow and scissors* What’s with this we stuff?
Oh, whatever. You’re always running off with the cover models. Talk to the keyboard, Muse! So anyway…When things seem to be slowing down and the scene, plot, and/or characters are boring you to tears, or the empty page is staring at you with a baleful eye, these are some of the things I use to get over the hump. I hope they’ll help.
1. Change the direction of story. The plot might not be going in an interesting direction or it’s starting to drag. Take a left turn instead of a right. My CP says it’s time for a road trip–sometimes metaphorically speaking, sometimes actually getting in the car and driving off somewhere. I do my best thinking while driving sometimes. And sometimes, my characters just need a wild goose chase of their own.
2. Write a new “beginning” at the very place you’re stuck—as if the story started there. Be sure to beef up that opening sentence!
3. Add a new conflict. Have a character do something completely out of character or off the wall. You can go back later and foreshadow it, or set it up, if this adds spice to your story.
4. When you have a moment to relax, use mental imagery to take the story to “what if” places.
5. Re-read an old favorite novel from the same genre you’re writing. Look for the things you really like in that favorite and figure out how you can use those things in your WIP.
6. Consider it part of the job. Keep writing even if the scenes are dull and mechanical. Move your characters closer to the end point that you have planned. You never know when they might take a detour–taking you and the reader by surprise.
7. There’s more than one way to lead that horse to water. Use a cliché and see if you can make it read fresh or give it a different twist.
8. Write the end scene.
9. Change the POV. Tell the story through the eyes of a secondary character.
10. Write the marketing blurb (aka back-of-the-book blurb). You know I have to be desperate if I get to this point! 😉 I’ll clean house before I get this far into writer’s block!
Any other ideas? Is it Friday yet? No? Well, I think it’s time to jump in the car and ROAD TRIP!