Stuck on a Scene?

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

Writer’s block? The tumblr blogger Danielle on danielle-writes created a list she’s taken from NaNoWriMo to help. Here are some of the ideas:

–          Ask, “What could go wrong?” and write out exactly how it could go wrong.
When writer’s block happens it’s because you don’t have enough information about some aspect of your story. Sometimes research isn’t going to get you the information you need, especially if you don’t know what to look up. So when you think about the situation your characters are in and what problems could arise, this will create questions that you need to answer. You can’t write a story without having questions to answer. Sometimes these questions will allow you to know what research needs to be done. And this research being done may lead you to new inspirations for the direction you want the story to go in.

–          Switch the point of view you’re writing from.
You don’t have to switch the point of view of the whole story. Besides that being a lot of work, it’s not necessary. Simply stop at the point where you are and start telling the story from another character’s point of view. You can start from the beginning to shed some light on an event that’s already been explained in a different way or you can continue from where you left off. This can inspire all sorts of ideas.

–          Read someone else’s writing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: read. Reading always helps. It doesn’t only expose you to different ideas. Taking a break from your work, distracting your mind for a while will allow it to breathe so you can see your work with fresh eyes later. If you’re having a really bad case of writer’s block, I suggest taking at the very least the rest of the day off. A little time gives perspective.

“Never delete. Never read what you’ve already written. Pass Go, collect your $200, and keep going.”

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