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Fixed and Unable to Move

This year I am going to write a novel?

Well, here we are at week three and I am already stuck. I drafted up about 750 words as a start to my introduction chapter. I took a break and now I can’t seem to find the thread I was travelling on.

“It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s fear of not writing well; something quite different.” – Scott Berkun

Instead of trying to force it I am going to work on a few character profiles that I will need later on in the story line. For example, I know the main character has a sister but beyond that her details are blank. Is she married? Does she have children? Her age? Kid’s age? Job? Schooling? Physical description? Personality? Quirks? Etcetera

I have created a family tree for the main character and a number of those characters are blank slates still as well. They are simply labelled as grandma, grandpa… So, I think sifting through that will help draw me back into my story thread.

“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” – John Rogers

What do you do to keep it on track or return to it should you lose the thread?

By Shari Marshall – 2021

6 thoughts on “Fixed and Unable to Move

  1. Thanks for sharing as this is what I think would happen to me if I decided to write a novel! I hope your threads and back stories all fill in for you as you create character profiles!

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  2. Sometimes I talk to my characters… 🤣🤣🤣 crazy but it helps… Actually not too out there as I saw pointed out somewhere, ever see anyone get a talker’s block, no we keep talking even when we have nothing to say and just go lalalalala 🤣

    All the best with the book
    ~B

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    1. Haha, I love it, “Talker’s Block.” I think talking to the characters is a great way to develop them and strength that creative relationship we need to have with them! Thanks for stopping in Beaton. Hope you have a great week!

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