I’ve been looking through some unfinished stories lately, trying to decide which to line up for finishing. The one I have picked to go first was started more than a year ago (possibly two!) but I had this thought about it and found myself hunting it out, reading it, and actually enjoying what I found. I thought I had written more on it though because it’s still pretty clear in my mind. I know how it ends, I know all the things that happen in the rest of the story – it’s just a matter of starting.
Now, this is where the new trick comes in. It’s pretty handy, and I am sure most of you already know it, but if not, I thought I’d mention it here just in case it helps someone else.
It’s also a cure for a block as well, because I used it to help me finish yesterday’s short story.
You DELETE until you get to a place where you can write again.
Yes, I know it sounds counterproductive to delete parts of your story, but I’m telling you it works!
With the story yesterday I started going in a direction I shouldn’t have. It was too logical and not what needed to happen, so I deleted several sentences until I felt like I was back on track and sure enough, where before I had been feeling a little blocked, now the story flowed.
With this new unfinished story it’s been so long since I touched it that I didn’t know where to start (despite knowing what happens), so I deleted the last few lines and started writing. Even if what you write is a form of what was already there, the fact that you ARE writing, putting words down on the page means that it’s easier to continue.
Oh, we writers have to have our tricks 😉
In other news, I think I’m officially calling this Lauren’s 9 month growth spurt. Why did no one warn me? I’m exhausted, she’s been feeding almost hourly for the last two days and no wonder she’s cranky, with teething going on as well. Awesome! I made hubby look after the girls this morning and had a sleep for an hour and a half, so while I am feeling less zombie-esqe, I need to hunt me out some coffee.