Johny Thundersbeard does not procrastinate about writing
I’ve had this one in the bottom of the bag for a couple of days. A little bit of synergy happened to me the other day. I was at work, and I was bludging, as you do, and after I wrote my last post about a new formula for keeping scenes on track, it occurred to me that the only way to beat my particular brand of writers block, or writers brick, or writers procrastination, or writers anxiety, or writers lack of confidence, is just to write out the actions and dialogue in as straight forward a manner as possible. He says, she does, kind of stuff. Specifically, these thoughts were in regard to my novel, of which there is very little unplotted. I have an affinity for detailed plans and outlines. It’s prose that makes me nervous.
So, I sat down in my spare ten minutes, and went to finish off chapter one of my fantasy novel in this manner. But, of course, first I thought I better check my email, haha.
My eye was caught by this weeks Writers Digest newsletter (my number 3 source of great writing tips) which featured an article “How to Get a Scene from Brain to Paper”. As I had just developed this new formula and posted about it, I thought I would give it a gig.
Imagine my pleasant surprise when author Kat Zhang described exactly the same process of straight forward writing to nut out a first draft and move past writers block into writers action.
She likened it to painting a rough sketch, like blocking where you “block out” the areas you wish to paint for later. A little bit of forward planning, or “saving that space for later”.
I think some little guardian writing angel might be trying to get a message to me. Of course, I am yet to strike a blow with my fingers of thunder, but I may just have, finally, stumbled on not only the answer to my eternal question “how do I keep writing?”, but a little bit of validation to the method as well.
Different writers have difficulty with different parts of the writing process. Some hate fiddling with background information. Others despise revising. Others can’t stand outlining. Me? I have the most trouble with drafting.