Dramaquill's All Things Writing

November 9, 2007

When you’re stuck and you can’t get going

We’ve all been there, right?  Ideas pouring out so fast you struggle to get them down.  Projects too numerous to ever complete.  Chapter after chapter of electrifying prose oozing through your fingers and onto the computer screen.

Well, maybe not.

But don’t get discouraged.  Whether you’re trying to figure out a new project to begin or are stalled in the middle of that great novel you want to finish, we’ve all had those moments of feeling like we’re stuck in the mud and we can’t get going.

I like to play a little game with myself when this happens during an already started project. 

Ask yourself:  What if?

What if my heroine goes to meet her husband for lunch and he doesn’t show up?

What if my villain makes the worst mistake of his life, like kidnapping the wrong person?

What if I just write a bunch of boring dribble until my creative juices start flowing again?

Try it – you never know where it might take you.


  1. Good Advice dramaquill. I use this quite often and it really does help to get your mind thinking out of the box.

    Comment by writersadvice — November 9, 2007 @ 6:54 AM | Reply

  2. And it can be a lot of fun.

    Comment by dramaquill — November 16, 2007 @ 5:09 AM | Reply

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