The Floor is Lava
I don’t know that I actually ever played The Floor is Lava. Like a lot of kids, I did have a thing about quicksand.
Every family vacation I was pretty sure I was going to encounter quicksand, and I was ready. I don’t know what we watched that convinced me there was a patch of sand out there waiting to swallow me up. I just knew it was out there, and the only way to not get pulled under, was to relax.
Don’t fight it. Like floating in water. Until someone can pull you out.
When we’re writing and we find ourselves stuck, unable to move forward. It’s a lot like we’re fighting to save the story, but we’re only getting pulled in deeper and deeper, until we can’t breathe.
Relax. Take a deep breath, and let me throw you the rope and pull you out.
What Do You Do When You’re Stuck?
What do you do when you’re stuck?
This is the most common question I see. And it is usually followed by about a hundred different answers.
I don’t know about you, but when I see that much, and varying, advice, I freeze up. It’s overwhelming.
Which answer is the right one to follow?
Attempting to follow all the advice is fighting that quicksand all over again. Or it leads you to avoid writing all together because it is less than helpful.
I Got You
That’s why I created The Ultimate Guide To Busting Writer’s Block. It’s a one-stop-shop with practical advice that looks at the four main reasons writers find themselves stuck:
- You’ve written yourself into a corner –
We’re going to start by looking at the most common reason writers feel stuck: the lack of conflict. Everything has been wrapped up far too nicely and there is nowhere else to go with the story. Highlights include the different ways writers write themselves into a corner and how to back track and create more conflict to move the story forward;
- You’re bored with your story –
When we don’t feel like writing, often it is because we are bored with the story we are working on. If we’re bored, then our readers will be bored. This module covers practical techniques to make you more interested in your story, by making your story more interesting. You’re going to get honest with yourself and your story; and you’re going to know how being bored shows up in the way you feel about and avoid writing;
- Your bullshit meter is going off –
You think you’ve got your plot right i so you start writing and then you start thinking, this would never happen, that can’t work, I’m making all kinds of twists and turns to explain why your character would do something. The whole time you’re thinking that it’s just convenient, a short cut. Your bullshit meter is going off. Is it a plotting issue? Is it even fixable? I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t!; and
- Knowing your characters and story – \
Whether you’re just starting your first draft, or half-way through your third round of edits, there may come a time when you don’t know what should happen next, or what is motivating your character, what their goals are, or how to add. When you know your characters, you know what conflict will motivate them to move them forward. .
Each one is discussed in a separate video. You don’t have to watch them in order either. Watch whichever one you need the most.
The Ultimate Guide to Busting the Block
Finding ourselves stuck, or blocked, is natural. It’s going to happen. But we don’t have to stay there. We don’t have to get swallowed up by writing’s version of quicksand.
Relax. Don’t fight it. Float like you’re in water.
And grab hold of the lifeline: The Ultimate Guide To Busting the Block.
Until next time…