WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL

The hardest part is the first three sentences. Sitting down with pen and paper and just getting those first three sentences out; I sometimes have to write my way into something knowing the first paragraph is just preliminary, but I have to write my way in. It’s like being in a cold lake and sometimes you have to go in toe by toe. Some of you can plunge in, but not always; you have to write your way into it. And the you’re swimming.

Madeleine L’Engle

FIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL:

  1. Read the first and last chapter of one of your favourite books
  2. Write three sentences about what you like about the first chapter and the last chapter.
  3. Write three sentences about what you want to happen in your first chapter, your last chapter and your current scene.
  4. Ask your character the TEN QUESTIONS from the previous post and record her answers.
  5. “You put one foot in front of the other and tell yourself just make it to the next lamp post.” Nancy Averett gave this tip to runners. I like to revise it to say “You put one word in front of the other and tell yourself just make it to the next sentence (or scene, or chapter.)

Go ahead. Take the plunge. Get swimming!

 

Published by Lois Donovan

Author of historical time travels, THE JOURNAL and WINDS OF L'ACADIE, Lois is in demand as a speaker/presenter at literary conferences and young writers' conferences and teachers conventions. Lois grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, but has called Calgary home for many years. Currently, Lois enjoys life in Calgary with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

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