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    Struggling through mud?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Nicolle Evans, May 3, 2016.

    When you're writing and it's been going well but suddenly it feels like you're wading through mud. What do you do?

    Continue?
    Come back later?
    Stop and write something else?
    etc...
     
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    Stop, think about it a lot, come back when the way is clear.
     
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    Do anything else and that always seems to trigger a more clear path.
     
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    I try to figure out where the story's going off track. That's usually what's happening and I see this as my subconscious telling me about it.

    It's frustrating, eh?
     
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    I stop and work on something else. When I feel like I can make some progress again, I go back to working on the original peoject.
     
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    I take a long break... weeks, months, whatever. Then I come back and find some more mud.
     
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    I try to figure out what the problem is. I'm experiencing a slump right now as I've got a scene and I'm having issues with it. I'm not quite sure what the problem is so I'm writing the scene several ways to figure out what's wrong. Could be setting, could be it's too dialogue dominant, could need more exposition. Could be I haven't got the conflict right. Once I feel the scene is okay ( doesn't have to be great just good enough for a first draft ) then I continue. Usually I have to backpeddle like this a few times in a first draft in order to make sure I don't wreck links from scene to scene.
     

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