After somewhere approaching eighteen months, I think I have solved the biggest issue with my writing and I could not be happier.
I remember when words flowed very easily. It was not uncommon for me to write between a thousand and five or six thousand words per night after work. Admittedly the standard was somewhat inferior compared to now, but I looked back on those days and really missed the flow, productivity and inspiration. Since then, both major and minor project's have slowed dramatically and I have even had to shelve ideas. I wouldn't call it writer's block as that's a term that means broadly something but specifically little. Using the term writer's block is like describing an angry or excited person as being emotional. Yeah, it is technically correct but not specifically so. To solve my problem I needed to be specific. My creativity reduced as I concentrated on the quality and the craft. For a while, I thought that was it; that somehow the theory was clogging everything up in my head! I am now a better writer than I was, but that has not been much use when the productivity reduced further and further. But again this was not specific enough to be a valid reason. Even still there was a mysterious problem that I could not solve. This has been really challenging.
Anyway, after many crackpot theories, I have discovered that I segue. Not because anyone told me - I figured it all out on my own - Hooray!
I guess you could call it tangential writing, it is a technique that some experienced professional authors use very well but it made me lose myself for a while there. A simple notion became much more than it needed to be and before you know it five words become twenty-five. I would be scratching my head trying to figure the mechanics of it all. The answer, of course, is that there is a time to segue, you need to know how to use it. Keep hold of the story and protect it at all costs from waffle and nonsense.
Now that I realise that I segue, I have control of it and that means I can keep the focus in all the right places. I can see it in other peoples writing, once you know what it is, it sticks out a mile!
For the first time in a while, I feel very excited about writing again.
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