October 29th, 2004
WORD or as Sylvia Says, Write or Die

I’m about to begin an unofficial book in a month session. No, I’m not doing this on my own or believe me, nothing would happen. I’m not that ambitious. The sad thing is I’m actually panicking over starting this stretch. Why? I have NO idea.

I’m honestly excited about having the extra push that can only come from a group of dedicated writers. This should have me psyched and ready to go.

Instead, I’m staring at my notes like a deer trapped in headlights, wondering how I’m going to proceed with each story. Notice I said NOTES. Yes, I have notes for both stories I want to work on. Does that seem to matter? NO.

Which brings me to my predicament. How do I get past this little glitch and onto some serious writing? I’m truly open to suggestions.

7 comments to “WORD or as Sylvia Says, Write or Die”

  1. Here’s a thought…just sit down and write a scene. I hate not writing linear but I figure it’s better to skip that rough patch and plow ahead–you can always go back and fill it in.

    Good luck Chica!!


  2. Cece, Good idea. It’s definitely worth a shot. Gracias! 🙂

  3. I tend to daydream about characters, scenes, scenarios, dialogue,etc before I actually sit down to write. That way, I have a clear picture in my head of what I expect to see happen in this story, and I don’t get caught in a slump because sitting before the computer makes me blank out.

  4. Oooo GAWD Sidonie I HATE IT when I do that! I’ve had the hardest time getting back to my WIP and just did what I suggested to Jordan. That’s part of the reason I hate taking time off from a WIP. Things get stagnant (sp?) and I”m alwasy afraid it’s gonna go comatose on me. It’s happened.

  5. Ooh, I’ve done exactly what Cece said. I’ve got a wip where I just don’t know the full story yet, but I do have certain scenes in my head, so when I get stuck, I write one of those scenes. Like Cece, I hate not writing linear, but doing so sometimes gets the juices flowing.

    I also go to bed and just think. Sometimes in the middle of the afternoon. I crawl into bed and just…think. If I’m lucky I get a nap, but almost always something comes to me and “unsticks” me! *g*

  6. I say Just Do It!. I know it’s hard, I struggle too, but I find if I sit myself down and tell myself I have only 5 or 10 or 15 minutes to write, and I can’t stop during that time, something in my brian kicks in, (or turns off) and I end up with words on the screen. They might not even be the words I keep, but it’s a start, and thats often what I need.

  7. Thanks Ladies! I’m definitely going to go for it. Fingers crossed all goes well.