So last week I blamed my lack of writing on my husbands long last return (and heard all about it from him), this week I was going to blame it on the last week I had with my bestie, but then I decided to be honest with myself.
So once this was finally admitted, I was able to start to approach how to solve that. I went back to pen and paper, and did some brainstorming. My general process of pantsing gets to me sometimes. I’ll have a path laid out that I want to achieve, rough images of scenes that I want to do, but nothing too solid. Well then my characters take me in directions I hadn’t planned on, as they tend to do, and I get lost.
Well, I kind of love how this happens, but inevitably, it makes me have to stop and take a step back sometimes. Also, I have to stop putting off the plot issues that I was choosing to ignore in earlier stages and focus on those too. So, I spent my last sbux date with the bestie roughly sketching some outlines to the “big ideas” of my story, and talking to the husband about it, which went like this:
me: You think my ideas are stupid and have already be done in every way possible
husband: no I don’t, I just don’t read your genre
me: well all your sci-fi books are basically the same story when you boil it down
husband: and so are all of your dystopians
Then, satisfied that I was not completely unoriginal, I scribbled down a few more notes and went and read.
Now, I am continuing to try and give myself a bit more of a outline for what I want to happen in this second half of the book. And I think am going to write a scene I have been thinking about for a while just to get my writing juices flowing again. I hate writing out of order, but sometimes I have to to be able to think about another scene.
How do you guys cope with feeling stuck?