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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 09:58 AM
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Right - I'm completely stuck now, with my story.

I'm just short of 5,000 words when I should be at 7,500 words (trying to write more each day because of limited time).

Its in five parts, and I've managed to start the first, second and fourth bits. Not too sure about my third and fifth section.

What's the best idea for when you're stuck, but haven't got time to lose? Best way to carry on quickly...




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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:29 PM


Apparently you're already skipping around, but maybe you could try that some more. Last year, I totally had no clue what to write about, so I wrote my ending instead.

Or you could put on some music, and then just write for awhile based on how the music is making you feel, etc. Do something else quick, come back to your novel, and maybe you'll have a new idea.




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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:34 PM


Have you tried interviewing one of the main characters? Sometimes if you do an interview with one of them, you'll find that they bring out ideas and thoughts that you hadn't anticipated, and then you're writing again.

Trust me, even though this sounds like the characters are alive, I do realize that they're not. But once you start writing, the characters tend to develop their own unique personalities, and by asking a few pointed questions, you can turn your novel in a new direction, or clear up a cloudy point.




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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:44 PM


Ohh, that's a good idea. There are a few sites out there that offer character questions... like the one I downloaded has 365 questions to ask your character. :)



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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 01:03 PM


Yeah. I find that interviewing the characters really helps me figure out how they relate to each other, which adds depth (and words!) to my novel.



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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 03:04 PM


Mmm. I might try that. Interview each of the characters.

I might end up drawing a family tree, since the five main ones are all supposed to be related. If nothing else, that'll give me some more characters to stir the story up.

Get it going again.

I also got to a point where I've planned it now, so I've got enough to get me to 20000 words, I think, and that'll finish this part. Which is a shame - I'm really getting into it.

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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 07:53 PM


I just imagine them acting out the scenes in my head, and let them wander about as they will. If what they do makes sense, I usually use it.
If that doesn't help, I just listen to music for a while, or read, or something to get my mind off. Half an hour later, I come back, and it's all good again!




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[*] posted on 7-8-2007 at 04:49 AM


I'm always imagining it in my head. Its the best way to work out what's realistic for your characters.

Yeah. Now I'm stuck again, but this time at lack of information.

Therefore, I need to start a new section, which is difficult, because I haven't even worked out who my characters are going to be.




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