Plot Ideas

If you’ve ever had writers block then I am sure you will appreciate the blog by Writers On The Move. Recently they published a post with a list of plot possibilities. If you can’t decide if your character should be mad at someone for waiting to tell them something very important, or if the weather is creating an issue of your character getting to a party or graduation, or perhaps you don’t have a clue as to what the character should be doing, then this list may have some possibilities for you. I found the list to be very helpful in giving me ideas on how to create a perfect scene for my character. I hope you find this list as useful as I did. Happy Writing!

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Plot Possibilities…

Writer’s block? Try one of these:
·      Your character gets a phone call that changes everything.
·      There is a car accident.
·      A secret is revealed.
·      The weather changes.
·      The power goes out.
·      Someone picks a fight with your character.
·      Your character gets his/her fortune read, or even just breaks open a fortune cookie. What does it say? What is your character’s reaction?
·      A shiver runs down your character’s spine. He/she has a bad feeling…
·      The car breaks down/runs out of gas/pops a tire.
·      Your character is out of milk.
·      Your character is allergic to ________ and, unbeknownst to him/her, has been exposed to exactly the thing he/she is allergic to.
·      An animal enters the story.
·      Your character receives a mysterious postcard/letter in the mail/email.
·      Your character’s best friend suddenly stops speaking to him/her for no apparent reason.
·      Your character’s significant other, brother, sister, mother, father, or someone else close to them says, “I have something I’ve been meaning to tell you…”

Is Writing Fun?

Writing is My Hobby

Are you having fun writing or does it seem to be a chore?  

I love writing. I giggle every time I come up with a new idea and jot it down in my journal. I love talking about writing even when it annoys those around me who get to hear it all the time. Again, I giggle. I love reading about writing and learning about writing. I can’t get enough. Some of the information sticks and some rolls off when I get information overload. 

There are times when I feel overwhelmed with all of the information and the list of things I need to do. But, I just take a little break and venture out into the world, picking up more new information and eavesdropping on conversations, just in case I can use it in one of my projects (*giggle*). I do get tired sometimes, but like anything else we need to just take little breaks to get rejuvenated. 

If you are starting out down the road to writing and you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. You can find a writing buddy, take a class or join a writers group. If that doesn’t help ease your pain then perhaps writing isn’t for you. I have been writing and creating for a long time. It’s in my blood and literally in my genes. In my opinion, if you don’t eat sleep and drink writing you probably won’t write. 

What’s writing like for you?

Writer’s Block – Stuck On One Character

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Writing can be so exciting when your fingers and brain cooperate. When you are feeling the momentum kicking in and suddenly your realize you are in writing bliss. Whether you are writing from an outline or from the hip completing a specified word count is great. Okay, so you’re typing away and this character starts nagging you. Before you know it you’re stuck. You can’t believe it. The character was perfect in your head, you had the scene down. Now, nothing is working and your character has fizzled. Writer’s block has set in.

Don’t let this become a dilemma or even the demise of your project. Step back for a moment and determine if you really need this character. Review your manuscript and read it as if the character were not there at all. Another option would be to start writing without the character. Just try it for one or two pages. If all else fails put the project on a back burner and work on something else until the fog clears. These are just a few examples of curing writer’s block. Happy writing!

A Writer’s Inspiration

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Are you easily inspired? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you ever or have you ever had writer’s block? Well, aren’t these some interesting questions that may or may not jiggle around in your head?

As a writer, I am easily inspired. I get inspiration from just waking up in the morning and having another day to work, eat , live and write. It makes me happy and therefore I am inspired.

I get inspired by networking with others. The online social media groups are a great source of information and I like hanging out with others who are like me. Online social media is also very addicting. Other forms of inspiration come from attending events, art festivals, movies and listening to music. It’s the simple things in life that have a tendency to inspire me.

I am not sure if I have ever had writers block. If I find that I have lost my oomph when working on a project, I simply put it to the side and start on something else. I seem to get a lot more done that way.

What seems to be your inspiration?