July 16, 2010

The Black Walls of Writer's Block

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I've started a new novel. I was 10,000 words in when I decided it wasn't working for me. I mean, I liked the story, but something was wrong. I had no idea what. So, I thought I'd try skipping a few chapters, but I find I can't go forward when I don't know where I've been. It's like trying to walk when your legs have been cut off, at least that's the way it is for me.

Then, I tried something I've never done. Switching characters. I decided to do a few chapters in the head of my love interest, and voila! Renewed interest. I've found a much more exciting plot and even a couple of subplots too. I know that no two writers write the same, but I thought I would share in case you've hit a wall. My writing life is full of frustrating, scary, brick walls, and I find that they are the most prevalent in the first five to ten thousand pages.

What about you? What do you do to overcome and conquer? Let's help each other.

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