Does spring break affect your writing productivity? If so, do you write more or less?
Before you sit down to write your scene, list the characters in the scene and write out their individual goals. Even if you never state those motivations in the prose, knowing them will help you write more authentic character interactions and add complexity and richness to your story.
What do you spend the most time working on?
- * Researching,
- * Plotting
- * Character Development
Make the most of the time you have to write by using your pre-writing downtime wisely. Are there character backstories that need fleshing out? Plot points that aren’t fully formed in your mind? In between your writing sessions, make a list of the details in your story that need attention. Then, when you find yourself commuting, walking the dog or folding laundry, work through the list in your head. By the time you’re ready to sit down to write, you’ll have the details fresh in your mind to get them onto the page.
I’m the first to admit that I can get stuck for minutes, hours, or even days, trying to come up with a clever passage of dialogue, a relatable description of a room or just the perfect detail to flesh out a scene I’m writing. It can be crippling if I let it, consuming my precious writing time with little to show for my effort at the end. So I’m a big proponent of using placeholders to keep from derailing myself as I move forward in a first draft. Continue reading