s most of you already know by now, I’ve found myself in a bit of a writers block as of late. Book 3 has been to say the least a thorn in my side, so when (while browsing Tumblr of all places) I came across this little gem, the New York Book Editors Map to Get out of Writers Block I must say, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I quickly saved it to my computer and changed it to be my desktop background so that I would always have to look at it. The problem of course is… I’m not entirely sure what the problem is, from a writing perspective anyway.
I do know that it isn’t necessarily a plot problem because I know where this is all going, it just seems to be getting there that’s the trick. Previously I didn’t think it was a character problem, but if not plot or character than what?
As I read over the suggestions one of them in particular with regards to character caught my eye:
Give them hell. What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to this character? Watch it happen. That will show you who they are.
The problem is… I have, and in book 2 I literally gave Eric hell. Of course, he isn’t really the problem here, the problem is that what worked so well for me in book 1 is deciding not to work so well for the final book. It’s hard to say much more without giving away too much detail but maybe the problem is that I need to come at this from a different angle. Perhaps attempt to find another way to accomplish what I need to accomplish.
And I think I’ve got a plan….