Tag: writer’s block

  • Subplots Fight Writer’s Block

    Subplots are a connected sequence of events, just like any other plot; the difference is that this is a minor plot with fewer developments. It should affect the main plot in some important way–or else you should delete it–but it doesn’t need the same development of a main plot. I am still plotting my trilogy, […]

  • Hope, Optimism, Despair: Writer’s Emotional Roller Coaster

    Hope Once we finish a draft of a novel and start thinking about revising, there is hope. In her slim volume, Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writing Life, Bonnie Friedman starts like this: The happiest I’ve even been was departing before dawn to the bus station in Madrid. The […]

  • DECISIONS: What and How to Revise

    The process of revising your novel or story is a series of decisions and understanding the decision process can strengthen your revision process. Avoid Narrow Framing of the Story You get a letter from an editor that says something like this: “When Michelle is shot with an arrow, I wonder if she really needs to […]

  • Starting a New chapter: Defeating the Blank Page

    Your novel is progressing nicely and you finish a chapter. But then, the next chapter is calling and you procrastinate, you read blogs, you do laundry, you AVOID. How can you get started on that next chapter? Sensory details. I like to imagine where my character is in the next chapter, then close my eyes, […]

  • Writer’s Block? Lower Your Standards

    Maybe you aren’t writing because that internal editor demands perfection. Lower your standards. I am running again, following the Couch 2 5K program and there are days when it is hard! (Every day!) Like Monday. My legs gave out after 15-16 minutes and I stopped long before my planned 30 minutes. Still. That was more […]

  • 5 Ways to Get Past that Writer’s Block

    What do you do when you can’t get past a sticky point in your story? You know that it’s not working quite right, but you can’t pinpoint the problem: you’re in limbo. Go for humor. See my Pinterest Board, Writer’s Block Humor. Please recommend something to Pin to this board in Comments! Write a Subplot. […]