Day 109 – Where to go from here

Day one hundred nine of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 400  (Words for Day 108: 1,000)

Yesterday I jammed out 1,000 words but didn’t blog about it. Now I wish I had, because tonight I struggled to write. I was ready and willing, which is half the battle, but when I sat here at my laptop and tried to get things rolling, I stalled out. The thing is, I know exactly what’s the culprit. It’s the story.

Let’s face it. When you’re story is rich and interesting, you don’t stall out. When it’s experiencing a lull in content, you just might have difficulty getting words on the page. That’s where I am at the moment. I’m at a loss for where the story is headed. Even more so, I’m unsure of how the story is going to get there. And this, I’m finding, is not much fun. Frustrating? Yes. Fun? Nope. All I want to do is fix the problem and get back to exciting, fun writing.

But how? What does a writer do when the story is failing her? Honestly, I don’t know. I’m hoping some of you do. For now, I think it’s time to pull out the ole’ outline to regroup and refresh the ole’ memory.

2 thoughts on “Day 109 – Where to go from here

  1. This happens quite often, and almost always the answer is simply this: The story is stalling because there’s not enough tension or “oh, shit!!!!”

    So, ask yourself this: What’s the worst thing that could happen to your character right now?

    Whatever your answer is, do it. Instant return of tension and tension and pace.

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  2. Pingback: Day 112 – Excitement in the story affects efficiency and productivity | orienting details

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