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Carl D. Jenkins

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Carl D. Jenkins I don't recognize writers block, really. Maybe I'm procrastinating or preoccupied and not feeling like writing, even though I want to.
If I really wan…more
I don't recognize writers block, really. Maybe I'm procrastinating or preoccupied and not feeling like writing, even though I want to.
If I really want to write and the words aren't flowing on the scene I was aiming for, I just start writing something, anything, to get my mind flowing. Usually its following a character through some boring routine until he is ready to come to work, then we both switch to the work at hand. It's okay to write something you know you will throw away, or that is completely unrelated.
When I know I will need to jump into continuing a piece quickly the next day, I stop writing mid-scene, even mid-sentence. Reading the last written paragraph or two drops me back where I was when I stopped the day before.
I don't let myself get caught up in editing until it's time to start filling in the blanks or the story is essentially told. Early editing is often really procrastination that can take you out of the writing mode by bringing you too close to the story. Stay on one side of the curtain.(less)
Carl D. Jenkins A question does not have to be very big to become the impetus for a novel. The naturally big ones already come with a lot of implied questions and cou…moreA question does not have to be very big to become the impetus for a novel. The naturally big ones already come with a lot of implied questions and could be easier: for instance, my father died in a house fire with no one else at home.
However, every step of life is really a collection of unknowns. What if I'd gone somewhere else for lunch? What if I had been present when the accident I saw being cleaned up on the side of the road? What was the full story surrounding the snippet of conversation I just overheard passing in the hall?
Open yourself to not only experience your own life, but to think about the fact that every brief episode you witness is already a part of a bigger story. Use what you see in a story you want to read and the possibilities are endless for you as a writer.
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