Thursday, 24 April 2014

"U" is for Uh...

Ever get that feeling when you write? That soggy blankness that envelops the plot you had seen so clearly an hour, even a few minutes, ago?
Yeah. I think we've all been there somewhere along the way. In the past, I referred to it as "writing myself into the corner". It came from not having a clear end goal. I don't get that quite so much now. It's part of the joy of having a basic outline.
No, now I suffer from burnouts. I blame this on writing so fast that I get ahead of myself. Either the characters stop talking first or the background'll fade, leaving me with dialogue and breaks full of [???].

To clear my head, I take a deliberate step back from the writing. Perhaps I'll play a computer game or watch TV or work on something else ... basically anything that get me away from that story. Often, the storyline creeps back into my brain like an ignored puppy pawing at my leg for attention.

What do you do to get rid of a case of "Uh..."?


  1. Been there, done that! :) Taking a break is a good idea, give the story a chance to come back to life again.

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    1. Totally. Some believe in pushing on and writing whatever, but I can't seem to do that.

  2. I listen to music. Pop in a song from a playlist that I've already associated with a scene, and let the juices simmer for a bit. It usually helps me.

    1. Ah, yes, music. That's a lesser calling, usually reserved for chores, and I must announce "the earphones are going on" or suffer the wrath of those who have spoken to me and were ignored. >_>