How to find the write answers at the right time

Stop struggling to write and wait.

Or write something else, or read.

That’s right, sometimes you just have to wait for the answer to find you. If you know me, waiting is not my strong suit. Sigh…

I’d been struggling, writing and rewriting a specific scene. I bet I’ve rewritten that one scene twelve ways to Sunday and wasn’t happy with either of them. The more I struggled to find the answer the more mired in the mud I got, unable to move past that scene. Google didn’t even help.

What to do, what to do?   And then just when it looked darkest…

A wonderful blogger/writer came to my rescue. God, I love y’all!

BECCA PUGLISI over at Writers Helping Writers posted a terrific article that pulled my WIP right back on track.

Today I spent all morning mapping out the rest of my story. Have I decided on which of the twelve scenes I’m going to use that sent me off the rails? No. I’ve moved past it and will let my characters decide later. I’m too busy writing the book.

Following Becca’s instructions, I…

  • opened Excel sheet
  • listed my characters
  • listed days of the week
  • jotted down what each character did on what day. Just a few words.

Next, I use each of these notes to write a scene. As time goes by, I’ll add more notes to the spread sheet and write more scenes. Many of you may use a similar technique with note cards or sticky notes but to see it in a spread sheet really helped me jump past that muddy ditch and keep going. As the story plays out, I’ll know how to move past that tricky part. Click on her link and read the whole article.

Plotting for Pantsters Posted  by BECCA PUGLISI

Do you have a trick for getting past a sticky story part?

What do you do to stay on track?

Give me your tips, I need all the help I can get.

 

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15 thoughts on “How to find the write answers at the right time

  1. Maybe I should try that method despite the inclination to always write in chronological order. I still am having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of creating scenes that have nothing to do with the other ones, though.

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    1. I did at first too, because I’ve written short stories. But when I see a scene in my head and fail to capture it in the moment, later I find it harder to recreate it. However if I take the time to jot down the scene, even in a rough form its more vivid and then when I go to add it to the proper section everything falls into place. So far anyway. Fingers crossed the book doesn’t looked like a patchwork quilt when I’m done. 🙂

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