I got one, I got one! An idea, is.
I’ve been a bit stuck lately. Writer’s block, times two, since I’m working on two manuscripts right now. Seemed like a great idea back when I started. I had two ideas for stories and I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to work on first—the sequel to The Seduction of Esther, or a brand new book based on a beautiful Victorian mansion I’d recently walked through. So I decided to write both, figuring that when I got tired of one, I’d switch to the other.
And it worked for a while. I hit a groove, which I usually hit when I first start writing. Each story flowed well and the two were different enough that I didn’t get confused.
I wrote a lot during February, less so in March and almost nothing in April. I have no idea what happened. Every time I sat down to write, I had nothing to say. The characters weren’t speaking to me, the stories didn’t interest me and I spent all my time staring at the page and trying to come up with reasons to check Facebook and email.
Writer’s block and it was horrible.
But today, I sat down and worked on the sequel and I came up with a subplot! An actual subplot, which will lead me eventually to a scene that I’ve already written, but which fits toward the end of the story. I wrote that scene almost in the very beginning; it was one of the scenes that inspired me to write the story in the first place. I loved the scene and knew I wanted to include it, but I didn’t know exactly where or how.
Well, today, I found the roadmap that leads me to this scene. It makes sense, it shows character development, it helps with the story arc and I think it’s going to work.
I’m not sure exactly what kicked me out of my slump or what I did to get into it in the first place. I wish I did; I could prevent it from happening, or get out of it easily. And only time will tell if this new subplot will pan out. But I’m hopeful, and I haven’t been in a while.
So tell me, what do you do to cure writer’s block?