Hello, Writer. We meet again. You're in the middle of a project that started out as this glorious idea and has now fizzled into the most frustrating idea you've ever considered.
You hate it.
How do you write yourself out of this block?
Recognize this is a ROUGH DRAFT
This is the most important part. Too often we get stuck trying to get to perfect. That's what I keep doing with novel manuscripts. I get around 25,000 words into a project and decide there's something fundamentally wrong, and I MUST start over.
NOT THIS TIME! This time, I recognize a rough draft is meant to be awful. It's your first attempt. The first try at anything is never great.
Shake things up!
Here's where the writing bit comes in.
Word choice in writing dialogue tells the reader more about the character than just what they look like. Word choice tells education level, size of vocabulary, age, accent, and culture.
Create a character or use one from your work in progress.
Write a line of dialogue for them.
Now change the character in one or two ways:
Rewrite the line of dialogue with this new character.
How do they differ? What did you change?
Last week we celebrated America's independence. We celebrated the freedoms that make our country a place people want to come and make a life.
I was thinking about the song "I'm Free" by The Who in their rock opera TOMMY. The lyrics go:
And FREEDOM tastes of REALITY
I've always loved that song because in this moment, Tommy has found his voice. The message is that he has discovered freedom and he's waiting for others to follow him.
So what is freedom?
Think about your writing. How are your characters free to choose whatever they want to do if you're the one directing their story?
What is freedom in fiction?
I take pride in being a Writing Fugleman for my fellow authors. Here is a tool to help you hone your craft.