I’m not usually one who gets crippled by writer’s block. But when I first started writing Unlikely Venture, there were many times when I didn’t know where the story was headed. I made a lot of notes but had no outlines or synopses prepared as reference. I was always anxious to write because I wanted to find out what would happen next in the story.
The second time around, I find myself in a similar position. Except now that I actually have the story for Nothing Ventured in my head, I just can’t get it out. I’m choking on the words and when I finally cough them up, they’re flat. There is so much to this story but it’s not shaping up the way I want.
So I returned to the outline concept. It’s helpful but I still feel that I tell a more powerful story when it’s written off the cuff. A guide is all fine and good but the writing flows when I don’t draw parameters around the chapters for what has to happen when and who needs to be involved. New and different twists come into play when I just type.
Maybe I’m hitting a wall because I promised myself a break this weekend. I hope so. I don’t really want this to be a one-hit wonder. =)