Breaking down the writer’s block barrier

I’m breaking down the big scene I am struggling to write into smaller sections in order to make it more managable. So far, it’s working. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before: although I’ve been very demotivated recently so that is probably the initial culprit. I’m getting back into it slowly, and each little section is a triumph for me because it is one step closer to completing the scene as a whole where I might otherwise have given up.

Once again I’m realising that I need planning to carry me through the writing. Previously I have used my one sentence exercises to allow my imagination to lead me, to create and manipulate my words as required. However, such small bursts of writing do not make a cohesive narrative. I need direction and understanding in order to move forward with a novel and while my imagination helps me get my characters from one significant scene to another, when it comes to grounding them in the moment of truth: I need a plan.

It’s not a complex plan, it is very easy: Meredith arrives at Helen’s house, meets the Mum, flirts with her brother, meets Dad, they all have dinner together – Meredith doesn’t eat much, while Dad takes Meredith home Mum calls her parents regarding lack of eating, Dad comes home an hour and half late. It’s very broad strokes of the brush that just require a few details to bring it to life. It sounds like such a very typically every-day scene, but this is at the crux of the first part of the novel: it’s important to the arc of the story, so it has to be right in order to create the next part.

To put it simply; I’m not stuck anymore. I know where this next part is going now, and I have a plan to get there. Once there, who knows what might occur – I’ll let my imagination loose then. But, until that point, I’m all for the structure because it allows me to progress, and progress is good.


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