Drawing a Blank

OK, so although I’m taking an ‘unofficial’ break from writing until the musical I’m working on is over, I have been constantly thinking about my world and characters and plot. I play scenes over and over in my head, kind of like a movie, listen to the character’s voices, try and imagine their actions. Unfortunately, I’m having a little trouble. The more I go without writing, the less I hear them, the more faded they become. Now, I barely see them anymore! This isn’t good. I know this. So, I’ve decided to come up with a solution.

I went to Wal-Mart this weekend and purchased a 5 subject notebook and a pack of pens. I’m going to work this one out the old fashioned way. And I think, in the long run, I may have to rewrite scenes I’d already had written, for the sake setting up a flow (because I have terrible OCD and can’t write out of chronological order). Thank goodness for those note cards I was using, because the first half of the story is all set. It’s the second half that seems to be failing me. I can’t for the life of me figure out where to go with this. And I don’t know why it seems so difficult for them to move forward, but the characters are just stagnant. Staring at me, going: OK, now what?

I know where they have to eventually end up, I know a few emotional barriers they have to cross. But other than that, I’m honestly, genuinely drawing a total blank. Does anyone have any suggestions to get these guys up and moving? To make some sense of their inability to make decisions? Because honestly, I’m threatening to just kill one of them if they don’t get their act together.

Thankfully I don’t deal that way with regular people when things don’t go my way. Otherwise, we’d have a serious problem on our hands.

4 responses to “Drawing a Blank

  1. Oooh, those breaks can wreck you sometimes, huh? I had a heck of a time getting back in the saddle after taking a prolonged break but I did finally manage to do it.I like your notebook idea. Whatever works, right?

  2. There is n o t h i n g better than a blank notebook. I haven’t bought one in a long time, because I have so many that are half-used, but oh, a blank, never-been-touched, pristine notebook? Oh, the possibilities. It’s like love. ❤

  3. I’m really glad to see you trying different avenues for success. Never know where that moment will strike so pen and paper is always great to have around. I find it hits me when I’m supposed to be doing chores. Coincendence? I don’t think so. LOL HUGS,keep it up. Stop pressuring yourself.

  4. Ah, you’re picture made me smile! Speaking of notebooks…I bring mine to work and jot down ideas during quiet moments and I left it at work! I don’t work on Mondays and it is right there on the edge of my desk. People may not realize it belongs to me.

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