Greetings WordPress friends and family,
I have enjoyed reading blogs, posts, and, I have even indulged in a few videos. I thought about the reasons I began this blog and what I hoped to gain. Of course, I love to write, but I also enjoy the connections between other bloggers and writers. Recently, I have had a few friends and family provide feedback on the blog, and I appreciate all of that. However, I had to really think about what I hoped to gain. I never really considered the people I wanted to “target” because that really wasn’t my goal. I still believe we can all benefit. That may be naïve, but that’s just me.
Now, that I have had an opportunity to regroup after endings and beginnings, I have really focused on regrouping and ending self-sabotage. I started by reading Sam Hand’s blog, (check it out https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/144963055/posts/68wrote), and it made me think about my Queen of the Mountain. I love the story, and I have plans for the main character. However, I realized that I was following the glitter when this idea popped into my head. I have been working on another piece for a while. Unfortunately, I have made excuses that have taken me further and further away from it. So, to finish this piece, I have started really focusing on the project.
Now, don’t judge me, but I want to share some of the tools I use to really push through difficult spots in my project (besides burying my head in the sand and completely avoiding it). So, I started to get myself reacquainted with my old characters and all the shenanigans they were getting into, but I became stuck all over again. When I get stuck like this, I stage the scene I am writing about. I have a decent imagination, but like many writers, periods of blockage do come. So, I started collecting Barbie and Ken dolls a long time ago. No, they are not still in the packages. I have an entire box (and hamper) filled with Barbie, Ken, Skipper, and all the rest. I love the new realistic figures (not the Barbie variety), but they are out of my price range. So, when my story gets fuzzy, I stage the scene that I’m stuck on. I maneuver through the story like a movie or stop-motion. Most of the time, it gives me a better feel for where to go next. I have found it keeps me focused.
One of the other things I have started playing around with included piecing the story together. I have found that I can get one part of the story down, instead of staying stuck. I realized that moving to another section gives me just enough juice to create the connections I was missing in the beginning. Now, this, of course, is not an exact science. I am the greenest, novice writer out here, but I feel great knowing that I am pushing to the end. Please share your writing tips and tricks. I continue to learn so much the more I read and share.
Keep on pushing,