What’s Next?

     It’s happened to every writer, and it’ll most likely happen again. You’ve been writing smoothly for hours, days, maybe even weeks, and then everything just stops. It seems like you can’t write a single sentence worth reading. It’s almost like your imagination juices have just stopped flowing. You keep re-writing over and over, but you just can’t get it right! Maybe your MC (main character) was traveling down a dirt road when your imagination “fizzed out”; now your MC’s short journey has turned into endless wandering. Or even worse, you MC was in the middle of a battle and every outcome you manage to think of ends in your MC’s death. Not good.

     Basically, you can diagnose this as don’t-know-what-to-do-itis. There are several possibilities to attempt to get over your don’t-know-what-to-do-itis. Here are a few possibilities.

     One: Write several possibilities to your stumping predicament. Some won’t work at all, and some will be almost perfect, but not quite right. Maybe you will stumble across the perfect way to continue your story,

     Two: Take a break! Your don’t-know-what-to-do-itis maybe be your brains way of telling you that it’s tired of writing and wants to do something else. Take a walk, watch TV, read a book, call a friend, or take a nap (one of my personal favorites). After a while, go back to writing and everything might just fall into place.

     Three: Ask a friend! Send the cause of your don’t-know-what-to-do-itis to a trusted friend. Perhaps they can present you with a cure!

     Do you have your own way of curing don’t-know-what-to-do-itis? If so, I would love to hear about it! I’m always looking for new ways to cure it! If nothing works to get rid of don’t-know-what-to-do-itis, you’ll just have to wait. Eventually, you’ll find the right way to continue your story and everyone will live happily ever after! Maybe 😉




~ by emmathereselane on May 30, 2013.

2 Responses to “What’s Next?”

  1. I have these story cubes where you roll them and make up a story on the spot. So you could have in mind that it’s supposed to continue your story and just let it flow out of you.

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