Oh, writer’s block. We hear a lot about it and how to avoid it/work through it, but what do you do when it’s blocking you?
I bet every single writer has a tip or trick on how to break through the block. And every single one of them are right…and wrong. What works for Person X may not work for Person Y, or you.
How do I do it?
I tend to go work on something else, or just noodle around with worldbuilding for the thing I am writing.
For example: In my project Caught (which is set in Corpus Christi), I’ve been trying to work out how I can maneuver my people in ways I need to without violating how Things Work in Real Life.
The situation: my MC is called in because of some missing fae. She will be working with the local police to help find the fae and stumbles across [REDACTED] in the course of the investigation.
The writing problem: I did not want to turn this into a police procedural, nor did I want to use actual police process in the investigation. How to make this work? It’s a contemporary/urban fantasy, so I can organize my world to work the way I want it to, but a huge requirement for me is to make it plausible. Whatever situation I create must work within the rules of the world I create.
So how to avoid a reader (or me!) saying that the investigation wouldn’t happen that way, or that I was ignoring basic police procedure?
Not so simple, huh?
First, I began by having my main police character be a relative newcomer to the area. She’s not from around here and she’s feeling her own way around. That was a start.
Then I realized, that even so, I needed either more police presence, more scenes in the local PD and how they handled officially missing persons. I needed to figure out how this all worked with my MC and her own situation…and I got waaaay too bogged down.
I had to put aside the project and work on something else. Something entirely different. So I did. I worked on a romance novella (which is neither a genre, nor a length I’ve ever tried) and made some progress.
Caught was put to the side. I didn’t work on it or do any research at all.
Then the other morning, I woke up at 4:46 a.m. – with a possible solution. I typed out notes on my phone (yay for Google docs!) and realized that this may well solve some of the issues I kept running across.
The notes are part of my Scrivener file now, and I’m more confident that I can pull this off.
To whet your appetite, here’s the first section of the book – which will probably change, because of above-mentioned Eureka! moment, but hey, consider this a sneak peek!