Friday, March 27, 2009

Breaking Through Writing Blocks

Yes! I'm excited because last night I was able to break through a writing block. It wasn't your typical "don't know what to write" kind of block, but more of a revision block. I kept changing the beginning of chapter 6 for my novel, The Hidden Force, but nothing seemed to fit.

I persisted, I didn't give up, and finally last night I found the right beginning to chapter 6.

So, why was it so challenging? Well, in my revision I've trimmed four chapters, taking the key elements and combining them into chapter 6. So finding a transition to that proved more challenging than I had anticipated. But I'm happy to report that the revision free-flow is back.

Anyone else having 2nd, 3rd, or 4th draft revision blocks out there?

8 comments:

Lisa said...

Congratulations! It is wonderful when everything falls together!!!

Michelle said...

Thanks Lisa - you're right about that!

Janice Campbell said...

Those second and third draft blocks can be very difficult to break through. A lot of times I'm just too close to my own work, and if I have time to take a week or two away from it, I come back and find that the solution is easy and obvious. Of course, most of the time there's a deadline involved, so I don't have the luxury of time, but it works well when I do. I hope the rest of your project goes well!

Michelle said...

Janice, great point...sometimes you can be too close to the work to see through the other side of the block. It's happened to me before. Any suggestions for someone who is in this situation but doesn't want to drop the project all together?

Rosanne Bane said...

Ahh, writer's block... my specialty. Coaching specialty that is, thank god! (Because I struggled so much with writing resistance in the past, I did a lot of research and now, well you know what they say about teaching/coaching best what we struggled most to learn).

Michelle, when I read your blog post, it seemed to me that you weren't so much blocked as working your way through a transition in the creative process. And you succeeded - Congrats!

When I shifted from drafting my last novel to revising it, I struggled. I'd found my rhythm in drafting and I wasn't sure I wanted to shift gears and use a whole different set of writing skills. I liked generating new material; it was so much more fun! Then I got into the rhythm of revision, and when that was done and it was time to draft the next project (a novella), I didn't want to make that shift. I liked revising; it was so much easier than drafting!

Those transitions are tricky, but we have to admit it, it's these kinds of challenges that we really love in writing fiction.

Rosanne Bane said...

Ahh, writer's block... my specialty. Coaching specialty that is, thank god! (Because I struggled so much with writing resistance in the past, I did a lot of research and now, well you know what they say about teaching/coaching best what we struggled most to learn).

Michelle, when I read your blog post, it seemed to me that you weren't so much blocked as working your way through a transition in the creative process. And you succeeded - Congrats!

When I shifted from drafting my last novel to revising it, I struggled. I'd found my rhythm in drafting and I wasn't sure I wanted to shift gears and use a whole different set of writing skills. I liked generating new material; it was so much more fun! Then I got into the rhythm of revision, and when that was done and it was time to draft the next project (a novella), I didn't want to make that shift. I liked revising; it was so much easier than drafting!

Those transitions are tricky, but we have to admit it, it's these kinds of challenges that we really love in writing fiction.

Schehezerade said...

Blocks are caused by too much other irritating stuff on one's mind, and too little interesting stuff...

I think.

Michelle said...

There are some additional comments about this blog entry on LinkedIn. Follow this link to see those comments:

http://www.linkedin.com/newsArticle?viewDiscussion=&articleID=30091726&gid=132542