It wasn’t so much hitting a wall, rather a slow drift into silence. The voices gradually lost their clarity and what had previously flowed as if by magic became steeped in effort.
For days I didn’t write. Was this the infamous writer’s block? It felt less a block, rather a stillness. Time to take a break from my friends; with two thirds of the book written, we need a rest from each other.
Then the past few nights new ideas have pushed their way into my imagination; characters previously sketched out for another novel are now clamouring for attention – shouting to tell their story.
During the past few months I have learnt so much and my approach this time will be different.
- Be more patient and considered.
- Prepare full character profiles before I start writing.
- Prepare a rough plan of the book, with the highs and low as well as the points of conflict clearly indicated, although allow space for unexpected creative diversions.
- Try out various POVs before I start to write to see which works best.
- Sketch out a time-line in order to avoid confusion whilst writing.
For a few days an emptiness filled my spirit as I bleakly faced the silence. My friends departed – for now, but not forever I’m sure. Then suddenly an excited flutter, a surge of adrenaline as new characters were formed sub-consciously, their strong dialect reverberating in my head. As with the previous novel, I already have the end clear in my mind for this new project. I believe I will get there this time. I also believe the first novel will find its natural completion in due course.
“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where
creativity and solutions to problems are found.”