Friday, March 10, 2017

Beware of "Stealth Writer's Block"

Well, we're mostly settled into our new place, so the dust is slowly settling from all of that.



Well mostly settled.

 Still unpacking and organizing where we want things to go and how, but that's just normal
 after a move. 

But sometimes figuring out how to organize your story and where you want certain events

or revelations to go can also be pretty tricky.  It can even lead to problems I'd never 
thought about, like Writer's Block.  Or, as it was with me recently,  STEALTH WRITER'S 

BLOCK!

Now what I mean by that is a kind of Writer's Block you aren't even aware of.  To give you 

an example, this is what happened to me.  I had finished a particular scene in my current novel 
and had moved way beyond it with the rest of the story.   But for some odd reason, I kept 
finding myself going back to that scene and wondering about it.  It would happen every so 
often then I'd get back to where I actually left off writing.  But soon enough I was back to that 
scene again.  And slowly my whole writing process came to grinding halt as I kept studying 
that scene and dwelling on it.  It took me a week or more to realize what had happened and that
 I needed to fix that scene in some way to make the rest of the book make more sense and feel 
complete. 

At this point you can see what I called it "Stealth Writer's Block", and I had a bad case of it.

I kept turning that one scene over and over in my mind, like I was working on a Rubik's 
Cube.  I got so desperate I turned to a Magic Eight Ball and started juggling it just for giggles. 
Giggling at this point is not a good sign.  If you find yourself suffering from this, please see
 a doctor at once.  Preferably "Doctor Who".


After watching my shows and sorting through my musings, I finally realized what was wrong 

with the scene, nothing.  It was fine as it stood, it even worked well with the overall feel of 
the novel.  So what was bothering me about it, you ask?  I could expand and change it ever 
so slightly to important provide foreshadowing for events coming later in the novel. 

So I went back and made the adjustments I envisioned and cranked out between 3000-7000 

words in a couple of days.  I even cut down the overall word-count for the novel at this point 
leaving myself room for extra scenes I had in mind for the climactic final battle.  For those who 
are wondering why I'm worried about word-count I'll address that in one of my upcoming 
blogs.  It is something all writers have to be aware of when you are creating the final version 
of your work which you intend to send to agents or publishers.

Now I have my book back on track and its looking much better.  The story seems more gripping 

and the overall flow feels more natural to me.  So beware of the dreaded "Stealth Writer's Block", 
it may appear at any time.  It may even have its claws sunk into you at this moment, if it does 
I have this advice.  Take two episodes of whatever is your favorite show and then call your manuscript 
in the morning.  Once it shows up for breakfast give it a really good going over and see if any tweaking 
might be needed.

Until next time, take care and keep writinge, keep writing.
Tags: