This post is by Thomas Sheltrown, writer at Life After Seventeen. He has amazing Christian articles AND writing advice! Go check his blog out! Without further ado, here is his post!
I’m a chronic Pantser, which means I rarely plan out my stories. And with no planning means my stories get stuck all the time. Yet I’ve completed a story before (surprised?).
I’ve found some ways to get my stories up and running again.
Turn Back Time and Change the Past (a little).
All this means is you delete the scene you are stuck on and make a new one. Some scenes tend to stop stories in their tracks. If you find one of those, get rid of it. It’s no fun to do, but one of the most important parts of writing a story is the ability to keep it moving every time you come back to it.
Jump Forward in Time (a little or a lot) While this may not fix the scene you’re stuck on, it allows you to keep writing, which grows the story. Bouncing forward in a story feels wrong, I know. But sometimes, you need to do it.
Pull Some Story Elements into Your Scene
Say you have some relic or character you plan on introducing later on in the story. Try pulling that into the “Now” of your story. It can intrigue readers and move the story forward. I pulled this off in a story of mine recently: Instead of having my Main Character (MC) bump into a Minor-ish Character as he was running from the Antagonist, I brought the Minor Character to my MC locked up in a cage. Lots more
Talk to Someone about It.
Having someone to talk about your story is a blessing. I can’t recommend it enough. Look for someone who writes stuff like you, then contact them and ask to be their critique partner (someone you share your writing with). While your critique partner is shooting ideas at you, the idea may pop into your head.
Be Flexible, Patient and Forgiving with Yourself and your Story.
Writing stories is frustrating, I know. But writing isn’t a speedy process. On average, it takes 6 years for a beginning writer to finish their first full novel when they commit to it. You’re going to stumble and fall. You’re going to get frustrated at your story. Take a deep breath. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’ll be worth it in the end.
It is possible, okay? It can be done. Millions have done it before you, many without a computer. You’ve got this.