Pixar’s Rule #9
When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
There is nothing worse for a writer than getting stuck. Where do you go? What path do you choose? What do you want your character to learn? Who do they need to be at the end? All of these questions are great. They tell you where you want to end up? What do you do when you don’t know? You work backwards.
Sometimes it is easier to know what you don’t want. You know where you don’t want the character to end. You know how you don’t want the characters to act. So, you eliminate as many options as possible.
Lists are an awesome tool. When I write, I have a small notebook. I find pictures to help me describe things. I make lists of character traits. They help me with the physical appearance of things or characters. Working backwards, knowing where you don’t want to go and you hopefully won’t end up in the wrong spot. You eliminate tons of option and narrow your path. Finally, helping you zone in on the place you want to go.
If you don’t want you character to be weak. You make a list of all the things that would make you character weak or even give the appearance of being weak. Don’t make them weepy or cry too much. Then, finding ways to make them seem strong will be much easier.
This should give you options and set the wheels in motion—again.
What do you do when you get stuck?
Also, all of you should check out the posts from my blogging friends who are doing this challenge with me! The first posts go up today. Links to Kate Brauning, Talynn Lynn, Mary Pat, and Alex Yuschik’s blogs are located on the side bar.
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