The Dark Cloud

11 Apr

As you all know I’m a wing-it writer. Even if a completely plotted novel smacked me in the face, I’d still be a wing-it writer, probably. I’m happy with it most moments, but there are also times when I dislike it so much that it makes my left eyebrow move up ever so slightly. That’s right, that’s how bad it is.

You see, there comes a time when The Dark Cloud appears. He is very annoying and always hangs around for at least a few days. At most a few weeks. Why? Because you’ve almost reached the end. This is the part where you actually have to figure out the ending. I know, frustrating when you go with the flow, along with your characters. So this is the part where you get a bit stuck and each time you sit down, nothing comes out. You start to browse the internet and before you know it you’ve wasted an entire day. Worst of all, you feel bad about it. You want to write. You want to finish your first draft. And you refuse to accept that this is writer’s block. And it’s not. It’s pre-writer’s block. It’s The Dark Cloud.

The thing is, there are ways of getting your creative juices flowing. There are ways to just suck it up and write. And there are certainly ways to conquer this evil cloud. First of all, brainstorming. Don’t do it sitting down because apparently walking is really good when it comes to luring out the muse. And then of course, there is the simple Sit Down. This means you set a timer for a brief period of time. (It can even be six minutes!) And just write. Try not to stop. If it’s easier, try not to think too much. Just write. You don’t have to do this for your WIP, but you can do it for a short story or a writing prompt, anything like that. You don’t have to train your writing muscles by working on your manuscript, it can be anything. The important thing is that you keep training them. Who knows? It might spark ideas for your WIP, or it might make you want to work on it, regardless of ideas. Either way, it will get you writing.

And that’s the only thing strong enough to drive away The Dark Cloud: writing. Yeah, and maybe I should really try that whole plotting thing…

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