It’s all well and good to say that the cure to writer’s block is, clearly, to write. Perhaps, what I am suffering from is more of writer’s frustration than anything else. I suppose it’s the pressure of my dissertation deadline coming up, but I’m finding it difficult to focus on my writing.
For my online serial, Above Ground, I’m having what I call roadmap issues. I have chapters 10 and 11 written, and a mini interlude planned afterwards. But where do I go after there, I wonder? I know how the story is going to end, but right now the path to that scene is utterly murky.
Then there’s my WIP novel, also adventure fantasy (with less science and a tad more urban). It’s currently stagnating at 50,000 words. Why? Mainly because I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve realized a plot device back in the first ten chapters needs to be edited/revised, and the thought of going back to fix it fills me with dread. Especially because I went back to rewrite chapter 1 and failed, miserably.
How does one rewrite? I know I need to be ruthless, but it’s so hard to cut out all the background crap and cut to the chase.
Of course, the real buzz-killer at the moment is my dissertation. For those of you whom are unaware, I am completing an MA in Publishing, and writing my dissertation on pseudonyms and the marketability of author names. It’s interesting stuff, but I find writing non-fiction so dry and dull that after 15 minutes of working I end up procrastinating. Yes, I do realize the only solution is to kick myself in the butt. Shush.
Perhaps you can give me some ideas!
• What are your experiences and suggestions, if any, when it comes to rewriting/editing stories? How do you make your first chapter the best it can possibly be?
• Do you use a pseudonym? If so, why? Do you think a lot of people do?