Overcoming Writer’s Block; Waiting For The Bolt Of Lightning

thBLSKC47KDaily Prompt: Moment of Clarity

Tell us about a time you’d been trying to solve a knotty problem — maybe it was an interpersonal problem, a life problem, a big ol’ problem — and you had a moment of clarity when the solution appeared to you, as though you were struck by lightening.

Writer’s block can be a problem for some. Everyone has their own way of dealing with it.

Some will walk away and do something completely unrelated to what they are writing. Others my have mental exercises that put them back on the track. Some may pick up something to read hoping that will trigger an idea. Some try whisky.

They all work and some never work. Each writer must find their own way.

For a fiction writer it is often getting from point A to point B. Sometimes an unusual twist is written in the story. It was so intriguing it could not be left out, but it takes you down a dead-end street. If it takes you someplace you can’t get out, leave it out. But don’t discard the twist. Pull it out some other time. Don’t waste it. Write another story around that discarded twist.

I liken writer’s block to painting yourself into a corner.

When that happens to me, I write my frustration into the character or event placed in the corner. That can be the needed conflict or dilemma that adds a layer to the story not envisioned.

If you write a character into a dead-end simply say:

“Toby was out of ideas and had nowhere to turn. (This is the point in the story where writer’s block occurs. So you wait for that spark of creative genius or bolt of lightning. So create one.) A bolt of lightning struck him dead. Toby’s problems were now over.”

Come on now, that’s better than Toby dieing of old age. If that’s not what you wanted at least it started you thinking. Are you willing to accept anything short of that?

Writing anything will open possibilities to new things. It keeps you moving forward.

Writing is as much a grand adventure as reading. Often a story will start out one way and end another.

The key to writer’s block, at least for me, keep writing.

If you paint yourself in a corner. Simply turn around, paint a window, and what is seen beyond. Maybe by the time you’re done the floor will be dry. Or you could just curl up in the corner and die.

Bloggers With Clarity 

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  1. It’s true — in Rudolf of Apple Tree Village my protagonist was all written to finish his story with an inscrutable ending. Then completely surprising and unexpected revelations about my OWN ancestry (truly bizarre) showed me how the novel SHOULD end. I think the biggest thing in any art is leaving the door open; not holding the reigns so tightly, realizing that the world is enormous, far more enormous than our imaginations. Informative stuff is OUT there.

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