Occasionally when one writes, one discovers the meaning of life, liberty, and the hardness of your head. It’s a skill requiring you to be resourceful and thrilled when everything moves in the right direction. For me, it’s a matter of being happy when the characters cooperate, the plot moves how it should and nothing stalls out for the next scene in line. However, it’s not always fun and games in our world of writing. Occasionally the characters throw up road blocks, the plot stalls, and worse– your fingers refuse to make one more movement on the keyboard. It’s time to review what’s there and take stock.
What does this mean? It means rereading the last ten pages or the last couple of chapters of what’s been written. It means taking a bit of time to interview your characters to see why they’re behaving in unusual ways they’ve never behaved before. It also means step away from the keyboard and do not write another word in the story until you have the right frame of mind for the scene you’re in. You might be heading in the wrong direction and not know it consciously, but unconsciously the warnings are blaring something fierce. So, how do you fix all this? (more…)