When You Get Stuck

Yesterday was a tad unproductive.  I'm editing Book 2 (which was my NaNo project so editing is more like rewriting) and I could not make two parts of the story connect.  And my reaction to everything I *did* try?


So, after finally admitting to myself it wasn't working, I stopped typing and tried another approach:


Okay, well, that was my first reaction... BUT! Then I did this!


Sometimes, I have to see the problem in front of me on a big scale.  This sketchbook is A3.  The actual mindmap I made helped me overcome my problem, but it's full of spoilers so I can't share it.  This mock-up explains how I use them.

How do you get past problems in your manuscripts?

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  1. Hahaha, excellent use of GIFs!

    Sometimes I have to sit back and outline. Or let it stew in my brain for a few days until something decides to poke its head out. I'll also send it out for reads so I can get a fresh take from my betas, which may help shake an idea loose.

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    1. I like letting things stew until they're absolutely ready to write ^_^

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  2. Yep, I've had to do that before too. Sometimes just the tactile nature of writing with a pen on paper triggers some new brainstorming for me. And I've also drawn out the story like that so I can see all the moving parts and figure out what everything is supposed to be doing.

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    1. Yes, pen and paper is such a release. It's more fluid than a word processing program.

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  3. Aw, Cas :( I miss him. Loving your gifs. Star Wars and Supernatural = win.

    I was having trouble recently with the first chapter and editing that. The way I introduced everything wasn't working for me and I didn't know how to the narrative flow better. What I did was look at my notes and focus on everything I wanted to keep. Then I wrote a whole summary of the key things I wanted to show happening in the chapter and it kinda just clicked from there. I knew where the focus should lie, how the narrative should move etc. Writing down what I wanted really helped.

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    1. I miss Castiel too. Supernatural used to be one of my favourite programmes. Not so much these days.

      That sounds like a really good idea! I'll memorise that one :D

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  4. My approach is similar to yours--I hand-write it out. Somehow, putting pen to paper triggers something in my brain, some fantastic problem-solving land with grapes and cheesecake and Diet Dr. Pepper. Also, I can write notes all over the page as they come to me, and somehow getting to be messy is helpful for my creative juices.
    ALSO! You won an award! It's on my blog! Go see!

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    1. Cheesecake does solve everything!

      Thanks for the award! HOORAY :D

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  5. Those GIFs made me smile. :) I need to watch Supernatural, Castiel seems amazing.

    I can't get the hang of spider diagram plotting. Maybe I need to give it another try.

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    1. Supernatural is worth watching for the first 4 seasons. Sadly, it goes downhill in season 5 and beyond. But Castiel is awesome.

      I had an awesome history teacher at school who taught me the joys of spider diagrams. I find them incredibly useful. I have a few more posts on them lurking about.

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  6. I'm a HUGE fan of mind maps as a plot "unsticking" tool!

    But what I really wanted to tell you is that I *love* that first GIF. :) I miss Castiel. I still have hope...

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    1. Hooray for unsticking tools :D

      I miss Castiel too. They need to bring him back.

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    2. Yes, where the hell is Castiel? PLEASE COME BACK!!!!

      Hmm, back to the topic... I have a big roll of brown paper and a lot of coloured felt pens. When I get stuck, I scribble mad things until one of them makes sense. It's not a mind map so much as a mind dump, but it works!

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    3. *giggles* Maybe he'll come back soon. I hope so. He's just that awesome!

      Oooh, a mind dump sounds perfect too :D

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  7. Hahaha! Loved this. And the Supernatural clip, of course, made my day. :)

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    1. There's nothing like Dean and Castiel to brighten up a day ;)

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