Here’s a possible solution to the problem of ‘Writer’s block,’ which occurs when writers can’t think what to write next. It might not work for everyone, but it’s better than looking at a blank screen, which is the usual way of trying to solve the problem.
The disadvantage of it is, it’s a bit messy, it can interrupt the flow of writing, but in my view the advantages easily outweigh this.
I write my ideas in the middle of the text, in capital letters, so that I can’t forget them and can easily refer to them.
I think that this is far more practical than writing my ideas in a notebook or in a separate file called ‘ideas,’ or something similar.
Here’s an example.
It’s from a novel which I’m writing and the scene is a lunatic asylum in 1870. Two female inmates are escaping from it, with the help of the asylum administrator.
The writing is somewhat disjointed because I haven’t edited it yet.
‘The most difficult part was extracting them both from the dormitory, for few of the inmates slept soundly and were instantly awake at the slightest disturbance.
MAKE A SCENE OF THIS MAYBE SOME OF THE INMATES ARE REGULARLY SUMMONED TO THE ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AT NIGHT FOR SEX OR SEX WITH THE CONVICTS.
MAYBE THE ESCAPING WOMEN COULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS DURING THEIR INCARCERATION.
The administrator would not unlock the doors for them and lock them again when they had gone. He insisted on being with them at all times, unlocking and locking the doors himself before leading the way to the next door until they were finally standing outside the asylum.’
MAYBE HE HAS ARRANGED FOR THE ASYLUM AUTHORITIES OR POLICE TO ARREST THEM BUT THEY ESCAPE ANYWAY.
The administrator turned to them with a slight smile on his face.
“You are free to go” he said.
Sarah looked into the darkness,
“What about you?”“ she said suspiciously.