Writer’s Block – Hints to Help
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On a personal note, I write historical romance with a twist of suspense under my pen name Wareeze Woodson. My five novels published by SMP are as follows, not necessarily in order: Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman, A Lady’s Vanishing Choices, An Enduring Love, Captured by the Viscount, and my historical western-Bittersweep. One self-published-After She Became a Lady. All six of my books are available on Amazon. My latest book published November 2019 was Captured by the Viscount.
My posts on the SMP blog are many and varied always covering varied topics about writing. One of the difficult parts of writing is running into a mental block. When an author is writing along and the scene ends, where does the writer go from here? That is the question plaguing most writers at one time or the other usually occurring in the middle of the book. The writer has written the beginning of the book and wow, it is smashing…hopefully. Now what?
The first thing I do to move passed such a problem is to free write. I am well acquainted with the hero and the heroine of my story at this point. Alright, what next? When I free write, I place either the hero or the heroine or sometimes both in a scene, where, when, and the problem develops. I have a work in progress and I’m free writing at this point in this conversation. Occasionally I simply start to write with either the hero or the heroine standing, talking, with some action or sitting still. This is free writing now, today about the characters in my present work in progress.
The sunlight of late afternoon bathed Phillip in light streaming through the windows of the private parlor linking his bedchamber to Emily’s. He stood there with his shirt unbuttoned and hanging out of his trousers cursing under his breath when the door opened. His wife entered the room. Staring at his lovely Em, he let out an oath in a savage whisper. He could easily throttle that little chit, Annalise, at the moment.
With a stricken expression, tears running down her face, Emily cried. “Why, Phillip. I saw Annalise leaving this wing of the house only moments ago.”
He allowed a deep breath to hiss through his lips. “You seem to have jumped to a false conclusion, my dear. Always look before you leap.”
“I did look.”
“Yes, however, you you may have looked, but you also took a leap anyway. You have jumped to an incorrect conclusion about the circumstance before you.”
I have blogged about setting a scene in a couple of past blogs. Remember to determine to place the scene. Does the scene happen inside of a building or dwelling, or outside riding in a carriage, or riding a horse. (Recall that I write historical romance, so naturally there are no cars, planes, computer or modern conveniences.) What time of day is it in the scene? What is the weather like? I set the scene without having a plan. I had no idea what would happen. I placed my hero, Phillip in the master’s suite not knowing Emily would discover him there. Free writing never has a plan other than including the characters somewhere. Now, as the writer, I must resolve the situation between the hero and the heroine. I have something to consider and write about. Did he or didn’t he betray his wife?
Let us move forward to another solution to the mental block problem. I have often written the very last scene in the book…the happy ever after ending. When I write that scene, I discover several plot points needing attention. Therefore, I write from the end to the middle of the story where I left off. If a certain situation happens, then something else came before that. What happened before the ending? Then before that scene, etc? I must write that scene also. Soon, I have filled in the middle with satisfying information weaving the story together.
I have one other way to move forward with my story. I seldom recommend this particular method because it is difficult. I often think about my characters when I am trying to sleep at night…not a restful occupation. Sometimes I don’t deliberately think of my story, but I can’t seem to turn my brain off anyway. At that point, my mind runs and runs without stopping. This method is often productive, but I have been deprived of badly needed sleep.
I hoped this was helpful information for the writer and interesting material for the reader who doesn’t write. If you visit my website, there you will find blurbs to my books and an excerpt or two about each book. Thank you again for taking the time to read my post.
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