Thursday, March 11, 2010

STUCK!!! OH NO (0.0)

Have you ever been at a point in your work in progress where you know what needs to happen, you even know how to get there, but you don’t know what to put down to join point A to point B in a flowing manner?

Well if not, let me introduce you to Ebyss--yeah, that’s me.

In my current work (possible title PERFECTION) that is where I am at. And I am not certain as to why. In my other two nonpublished novels (one on submission to an agent and waiting response), I ran to little snags, but not as much as this one. It seems like huge trenches have been dug away and I come to a sudden halt wavering on the edge of a precipice.

What is worse, is that I am on the downhill slope. It stands at 62k now, and it is so close to being done, I can taste it (amazingly not like chicken). I’m actually excited to get to the end. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen (strange since it is my wip).

I know, I already said I know how it is suppose to end and how to get there, but one thing that happens as I write is my stuff changes. It is often a huge surprise to me.

What do I do during these times? Often, I write what I definitely know. Kind of like going to point C then working backwards to point B then point A. Occasionally, I go eat or run to the store or something else that gives me time to think.

What I would really like to know is what do you do? Comment on how you handle little bouts of writer’s block.


  1. Usually when I get stuck on one story I'll swap to another story for a little while, since I write science fiction i'll go fantasy for a bit, usually helps clear my head.

  2. also this blog helps me greatly,,,can't give her enough props.

  3. Great blog--wordplay.
    For those of you who read the comments, be sure to check that one out.


  4. What????? I thought everything tasted like chicken! lol I feel your pain. If I can manage a little me time with a good book or movie (or 3 or 4 depending how bad the block is) that usually takes care of it. I also find that just discussing my wip with someone can help snap me out of it. Especially when they give me really good ideas for the story. (Thanks for that btw.)

  5. I go for a walk. Or two or three or ten of them. While walking, the next phase of the book usually comes to me.

    Walk in silence. Walk in a quiet place with lots of leafy trees and sceneic stuff to look at. It gets my thinker cranking.

  6. When I'm stuck, I leave the page for a while. But because I am lazy, I don't get up from the computer. I check my email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, or read a blog or two. Sometimes I'll mark the spot with red asterisks and just move on to another part of my book. When I return, I can usually work through it.

  7. How interesting what people do when they need time to think, to organize. :)

  8. When I finally realized that "EVERYTHING" is writing for a writer, I relaxed. Looking out the window, planting the roses, talking to your mom: EVERYTHING is writing ... So, NO MORE WRITER'S BLOCK. Putting pen to paper (metaphorically speaking) and actually WRITING is like icing on the cake. Actually, no: writing is like the little roses you put on last, after the cake and icing are all complete.