I write to keep me sane. I write so that my words may outlive my life. I write to find redemption

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Where did I leave my flashlight?

I'm in the dark again about where to go next in my latest WIP. I hate when I hit walls like this. I write in a linear fashion. Only once have I gone against that method ( it did work but felt extremely odd to me).

Anyway, I wrote Eric into a boring corner in the story. I think the part I am writing now needs to be told to set up the rest of the tale. Yet something is off with what I have written. I have to fix it before I can concentrate on moving forward.
This WIP has me alternating between feeling thrilled because I think it is unique and will be a great showcase for my voice and feeling extreme frustrated because it is unlike anything I have written before.

But I am not giving up on Eric yet. If it takes me and him in a wrestling match to get him to tell him my story then so be it. I want to get this one out on paper.

Andre, the main character from another story, is still with me. Right now he is playing mute but I feel like one day I will find a way to tell his story.

So is your writing going well this week or not so much?


  • At 8/23/2006 10:16:00 PM, Blogger Suzan Abrams, email: said…

    I'm doing quite well with my writing, Sara.
    But I think almost every author no matter how aspiring or established, would identify with your feelings of frustration every now and then.
    I'm sure you'll do good with Eric.
    I feel tremendously happy for your writing journey, just from reading your passionate posts.

  • At 8/24/2006 09:26:00 PM, Blogger Tempest Knight said…

    I hate when sometimes I write myself into a corner. Sometimes it helps to change POVs. And sometimes I've found I'm giving way too much background info and need to break it down somehow. One thing I learned is that every scene must have action. Not someone-is-chasing-you-with-a-gun action. But have some small conflict to solve. :)

    My writing is... uh?... am I writing? Hmm... I should be writing. The truth is I've not done much writing lately. I better get back in shape.

  • At 8/24/2006 10:54:00 PM, Blogger The Wandering Author said…

    Sara, I understand how hard it can be to continue when you are unhappy with how things stand. But, if your only problem is that you fear the passages you are working on are too dull, and you can bear to ignore that, you may do best to just keep writing. Once you have finished the story, it will be easier to go back, see what needs to remain, and either trim the duller parts or spice them up.

    If you can't do that, then go back and edit what you have already written from the beginning; perhaps when you come to the point where you stopped you will have gained a running start.

    Whatever you do, good luck with the story. I can't wait to read it when it's done!

  • At 8/25/2006 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Kelley Nyrae said…

    I haven't been writing much lately. I've been so busy editing GLWL and with my release coming out. I miss it.

    In response to the question you left on my blog you can buy Dream Man at starting September 8. Thanks for your interest!!

  • At 8/26/2006 12:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When did you last enjoy your story and feel like it was coming along well? I'd go back to that point. (Easier said than done, I know!) I'm sure you do many of these, but here are a few things I do when I'm stuck. Sometimes it works to skip to the next part I want to write. I often find that the part I was writing between them didn't need to be told after all, or could be done in summary. I don't know how your story is told, but could this part be related by another character, or in another setting? Maybe there's not enough at stake, and adding a little tension could help. And the final thing I do when I'm in that situation is open a fresh document, close my eyes, and "channel" my character onto the page, having him/her write about what's going on, what the problem is, etc.

    That said, I've been stuck lately, too, though for now it's more of a time issue than anything. Good luck! :-)

  • At 8/26/2006 08:42:00 PM, Blogger Christa said…

    I hear you, I do the same thing, write linear- and it's frustrating when you paint the ones you love into a corner. Or worse, run out of conflicts for them!! I'd say, write that the character does something way crazy, something that doesn't fit at all- or kill him with a sudden heart attack. Keep going on with the story and I bet you anything it'll hit you, what's REALLY supposed to happen to that character...then go back and rewrite it.

  • At 8/27/2006 06:32:00 PM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    Good to hear you are doing well. Keep up writing all your interesting stories because I enjoy reading everything you post on your blog.
    Hope you had a good weekend,

  • At 8/27/2006 06:36:00 PM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    Lol at your Am I writing? comment. I have been there!
    I feel out of sorts if I am not creating. But it took me years to realise what was the cause of that feeling.
    Thanks for the advice. Bye for now,

  • At 8/27/2006 06:39:00 PM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    you are right. I do need to just ignore that I am unhappy and move on but I suck at doing that. lol.
    I think I have the problem figured out though. I'm going to rewrite the last scene and change around a few things and maybe I will be back on track. At least, that is my plan for now.
    Thanks for the support,

  • At 8/27/2006 06:42:00 PM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    thanks for the info. I have it marked down now so I can be sure to check out your story. I'm really excited for you! It is like watching a dream come trie before my eyes. Your success gives me hope.
    Bye for now,

  • At 8/27/2006 06:43:00 PM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    here's to hoping you and I can both get untsuck on our current WIPs.
    Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a try.


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