Better late than never. Here is February's post for IWSG. It's all about writers helping other writers, folks. To find links to other monthly posts, click here.
I’ve been struggling on the writing front for a while now, but know I’m the only one who can get myself through this successfully. To that end, I took off to the library on a recent Saturday, in order to introduce myself formally to one of the characters in my new project.
I’ve never been an outliner. I write character sketches, and dutifully file them in a folder on my computer. But for the most part, I think, and think, and think, until light dawns and my story unfolds as I type. But, by last week, I was so stuck; I was willing to try anything. That day, I sat at a table in front of a Palladian window for four hours working my way through a list of questions about my main character, hand writing the answers as if that would help connect me to the story somehow. In the end, I had a lot of information, and one terrific case of writer’s cramp.
Two days later, I sat down at the computer to work on my first draft and one of my secondary characters muscled out the person I’d spend that time in the library getting to know. This one suggested, no, demanded actually, that my story focus on her.
And now I’m writing.