Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:35 pm Post
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Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:14 pm Post
SlyFox wrote:The most difficult block for me is I have significant difficulties writing out of linear order. I must finish writing chapter 1 before I can write chapter 2. I have several ideas in my head, some that came to me years ago, that I’ve been unable to start simply because I’m unable to answer a very important question in chapter 1: What is this character doing in the middle of nowhere to allow this chance encounter to take place? Because of this, there are novels I’ve gotten a page or two in on and can’t bring myself to continue because I’m unable to answer such a basic question. In one case, I’ve tried writing the first chapter about a dozen times from scratch over the years, scrapping it every time.
Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:56 pm Post
The simple cure for writer’s block
People with writer’s block don’t have a problem typing. They have a problem living with bad writing, imperfect writing, writing that might expose something that they fear.
The best way to address this isn’t to wait to be perfect. Because if you wait, you’ll never get there.
The best way to deal with it is to write, and to realize that your bad writing isn’t fatal.
Like all skills, we improve with practice and with feedback.
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:08 pm Post
chrisdr2 wrote:I've been lucky enough never to have had a block that's made me give up a draft. Most of my blocks come from not fully understanding a character's motivation for a particular action. I usually spot it during read through, wondering why he/she did that. It's usually easy to fix, but sometimes, if it's a major character, causes ripple effects throughout the draft - cue many days of head scratching.
When I do really get stumped, I speak to or email a friend, describing the story problem. It's not the feedback that helps, as much as putting the problem into words - more often than not, the solution comes up to my mind soon after pressing send.
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:55 pm Post
SlyFox wrote:What is this character doing in the middle of nowhere to allow this chance encounter to take place?
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