I experienced something the other day that dogs every writer, beginner or experienced – I got stuck! My chapter was dragging along, with not much happening and going nowhere special in a hurry. I’d tried my usual trick – press enter and insert <work in transition> – in an attempt to get to an exciting bit, but when my next sentence was ‘Did you hear about the tribe?’ I knew it wasn’t going to work. Boredom was here to stay.
About a year ago, my writing buddy Janette gave me some advice. She said whenever you’re stuck, ask yourself a question right before you go to sleep and you’ll wake up with the answer. I tried it and it worked! As I was dropping off to sleep, I started thinking about the problem of how to start the next part of the conversation, and I came up with one line.
Everything clicked, and I knew I’d found what I needed. The rest of the chapter was shaped and ended exactly where it needed to. And to top things off, I can reshape the rest of the chapter in light of that one line to match the tone. So thanks, Janette, it only took a year but your advice eventually sank in!