There are a lot of great articles out there about getting around writer’s block, but I had an interesting experience with my previous chapter. In a previous post, I talked about being at the chapter where my protagonist and one of my main characters to meet. I’d been having quite a bit of problems with this chapter, but I finally completed it over the weekend.
I was finally able to isolate the issue. The scenes lacked the emotional depth I wanted. Usually, I tend to leave out portions of description and setting rather than have difficulty reaching my characters, but this chapter proved to be the opposite. I simply couldn’t connect with the point of view character and get that spark I needed.
I went back and re-read my character sketches, but I also went back and re-read my earlier chapters with these two characters. Still nothing. Rather than sit like a lump, I started writing the chapter with the information I had at hand. I started writing the setting, putting the description into place, then I fleshed the chapter out with dialogue between two other characters.
My writing went in fits and starts, and I felt like I was chipping away at a brick wall. At the end, I asked someone to look at the chapter, then implemented that individual’s suggestions. I finally had the chapter I wanted with the emotional depth between the two characters that was needed to set up the last half of the novel, but it was work.
Does that ever happen to you? You’re just shooting along unable to type fast enough to get the words out of our head and suddenly, you hit a dead stop? What do you do to ease around writer’s block with your novel?
Lisa R. Cohen has a great list of both print and online resources for defeating writer’s block at Resources.