Wednesday, June 27, 2012
why I don't get writer's block anymore
I know, you're thinking, excuse me? How is that possible? Everyone gets writer's block, right? Well, let me tell you a little secret. I figured it out. I solved the puzzle. I know exactly what to do when I come to a grinding halt and it's actually pretty simple.
I go back in time.
Now, in real life, we can't do this because we live our lives in linear fashion. But in fiction, we have the ability to go back, or forward as we like. And when it comes to the proverbial writer's block, going back has consistently proved to be the answer for me. Mind you, it's taken me quite some time to figure this out but in every instance I've found that backing up in my story and taking an alternate path invariably proves to be the answer. Sometimes I only have to go back a short ways, maybe delete a scene or a conversation. Sometimes I have to go back further and have my character(s) do something completely different than planned. And sometimes I have to delete an entire chapter and come at it from a completely different angle. But I'll tell you something; this always works. Every single time. So now when I hit that wall I think of it as a road block telling me I need to go back and find the proper detour to get back on the right road toward my destination. Because once I find it, it's smooth sailing once again.
How do you deal with writer's block?