I’ve been stuck since November last year. See, I’ve rewritten this one particular scene about 10 times, trying to find the angle that works. I don’t think I can even write the next scene until I’ve sorted it out.
I do plan the story a few chapters ahead, then wing it up to that point, and repeat etc. I like the spontaneity of that method but it often lands me in a few plot point conundrums.
So, when I’ve hit a wall in my WIP, I tend to do a number of things:
1) Don’t call it writer’s block. Call it a ‘plot block’. That way you can say the ideas are still there but you’re just unsure how to proceed (total genius, right?).
2) Stare at the screen/page until something comes out (again, genius).
3) Re-read and rewrite furiously, shit or gold it matters not. If you keep making stuff up, eventually something will make sense.
4) Stare out the window until something comes out.
5) Read a bad book and tell yourself you can write better than this.
6) Read a great book and tell yourself you suck big time but that you’ll keep trying.
7) Procrastination is as useful as intense concentration. Think endlessly about the plot circle of hell you’ve written yourself into, all while you’re supposed to be doing something else.
8) Go back to basics. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think it should.
9) Keep a writing journal detailing your woes and despair, your lone insights and flashes of brilliance. It keeps the juices flowing and your journal won’t mind if you’re full of crap.
10) Allow yourself to daydream. It really is ok.
To be continued…