Feeding the Beast:
Another Monday, another week. I seem to be missing more and more of these FtB lately. Not surprising given my scheduled lately. And that's what got me thinking about today's Beast entry.
Life creeps up on all of us, this is just plain fact. We have various obstacles, and writer's blocks. How we respond to these situations is what really matters. In the case of writer's block, forcing yourself to go back to a half-finished story might not always be the best idea.
Sure, you might have this desire to finish because you started it, but think on WHY you got the writer's block on that particular story to begin with. On the whole, stories tend to flow from a writer (at least they do for me in my experience.) Even if the story is bad, full of plot holes, grammar mistakes, etc... the words tend to come pretty easily.
When I get writer's block I find it is because I've dug myself into a proverbial hole. I made my character too powerful for the world he is in, I made him into a Mary-Sue, I've thrown too much action at the reader, or escalated dangers too quickly so by the middle of the story the world has been destroyed and there is no "bigger" threat for the hero to stop.
Whatever the case may be, I realize where I am at in the story and can't think of how to proceed-- hence writer's block. The question then becomes, do I re-write and edit everything I have done, or do I start from scratch and use parts of this in a new story?
Using parts in another story with completely different characters/setting isn't a wrong choice. Sometimes it is easier to start fresh and your already defined characters/events as a template. in larger works like novel's, depending on how much you have to edit and re-write, it might not be worth the time. Remember, in larger works everything is connected and interwoven. plot, characters, events, places. Changing one aspect by necessity means you have to change many aspects.
Taking out a single small character changes the dialogue/character interactions, which changes the decisions made, which might change the destination, which changes the next area of conflict. So next time you have writer's block, or even a hard time writing a story, ask yourself WHY the words have stopped coming so easily, not just HOW to fix it.
Quote of the Week:
--Pull a thread here and you’ll find it’s attached to the rest of the world. --Nadeem Aslam