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A discussion to stoke your writing fire.
Posted: 7/15/2013 11:13 PM PDT
My strategy is to skip it and move ahead writing scenes that I care about. It's easy enough to fill in the blanks later.
Posted: 7/15/2013 10:28 PM PDT
I often find myself staring at the screen with my mind drifting to things in previous chapters, then ahead to what hasn't been written. Bringing myself back to my current chapter leaves my mind as blank as the next sentence I haven't written. I'm stuck. What I'm usually thinking is how I want to tell the rest of this part of the story and I'm not sure how to go about it.
My first solution is to outline the rest of the chapter. Remember that each chapter tells its own story within the context of the other chapters. Here's an example from my own story. The chapter is titled "The Arrival" and I'm about 1/2 way through. So far: Mage comes to castle in a storm, gains entry to the castle, is escorted to the king's hall. Has not given his name or removed his hood for anyone to see him.
Now I'm stuck. My objective is to identify and solidify the relationship between the mage and the king and to show the depth of the mage's evil. I think I stared at my screen for about an hour, ate 1/2 a bag of doritos and drank 1/2 a litre of coke. I caved in and wrote the outline.
The magis reveals himself
Pays niceties to the court
A private dinner with the king
Seal the deal between the mage's master and the king, in blood.
Learns about n'Issis
The two children. 1 male, 1 female
Draining the blood
Making the potion
Making contact with the master
I can always change what I don't like later but now I have something I can work with.
The bottom line is don't be afraid to outline even a small portion of a chapter if it gets you writing again.