One Girl’s Response to Writer’s Block

December 12th, 2011 2 Comments

Entitled: Writer's Block. Yeah, pretty much.

I’m discovering a dirty little secret as I gather momentum on my writing project.

Well, besides from having a plan, that is. More on that to come later.

In the meantime, I’ve figured out a great way to boost wordcounts with minimal agony. It’s easy:

Skip the hard parts. Write what flows.

This is a first draft after all, so if I shove some “telling” garbage in brackets and leave myself a note to “show” or flesh it out later, I can get to the juicy bits quicker. I’m writing what I want to write. And boy is it easy once you get on a roll. The characters speak for you and you’re channeling, not writing anymore.

Certainly, that roll isn’t gonna happen if you don’t begin to force yourself on to a writing schedule. For me, that means waking up at 6am on days I have off and skipping the nap after work on days I don’t. Aim for a thousand words. With research, that goal isn’t always possible. But when the research hits critical mass and you begin to see the forest for the trees you begin to realize, “holy fuck if this were a word war I’d be kicking some serious ass, motherfuckers.”

4,754 of 75,000 and counting. Ten days left til my first real check in, and almost 16k to go to be on track. If I sprint like NaNo I can do this.

End transmission.

About the author

Katrina Ostrander is a twenty-something gamer chick, game master, and fiction editor working at Fantasy Flight Games. Her previous credits include work as a game developer on the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion roleplaying game lines. When she's not gaming (or working, which is practically same thing), she enjoys reading, writing, singing karaoke and trying craft beers.

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I’d like to use this lovely image in a poster for my writers’ group’s night of performances of works in progress. Do you think that will be a problem?