From time to time authors come across ideas outside things they never thought to write about. These ideas could be amazing but the author walks away because they have no idea how to do it. But no matter how far we try to run from these moments, we know the ideas are engraved into our hearts. Eventually, the story wins out and we are forced to sit down so we can start creating the story. Imagination has won. In these moments, you’re happy because you are finally bringing your idea to life. You’re writing and practically bouncing in your seat with excitement. The excitement is the best part. That is, until you hit a wall.
I’m talking about a giant, brick wall about 80 feet high with no sign of an end. You sit there and glare at the wall in hopes for your big idea to just make it disappear. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t work that way.
I imagine all authors come across these evil walls. They could be walls built up around a complex character you are having trouble sorting out, a scene you are having trouble picturing, or maybe a career you can’t imagine. So what should you do? Obviously, you need to study. You pick up novels from your library, search sites online, and talk to some friends and family able to tell you what you don’t know. It’s all great! Your notes are complete and now you’re ready to write! You sit down and hold your hands over your keyboard to type but nothing happens. Wait…why not? You understand what you want to write and you know the best way to make it happen. What’s going on?
As I wrote my first novel, Curse Under The Moon I was able to get most of the work done while sitting at our dining room table. It worked and the story jumped from my fingers like a spring. After the first book, the second and third book jumped to life with almost the same amount of ease. I was so excited because the Lyall Pack Series was out there and I was ready to start writing again. Sadly, it wasn’t coming to life with the same ease as when I started.
No matter how long I sat at our table, I couldn’t get the words out of my head. It took me a long time to figure out what my problem was, but I did sort it out. It seems as if I was not in the correct setting to write my new novel. I moved myself to a writing desk upstairs and things started to come to life.
Granted, I still haven’t published a new novel, but I can say I have two ideas making progress. They are coming to life and all I had to do was change where I was working. It’s not always easy to do that, but it’s what you might have to do to make the words work. If you’re having trouble bringing your story to life I would say try moving. Not necessarily to a new city or state, but put yourself in your living room rather than your dinning room, sit at a local library, go to the park, or simply sit on your back porch. Giving your eyes a new view might be a factor to give your head the right answer.
Where do you like to work when you’re writing? Let me know in the comments!