Posts for Writer’s Block Category

Posted In Plotting, Story Structure, Writer's Block, Writing

Plotting for Pantsers: 2 Questions to Unlock Your Story

Mollie E. Reeder | June 21, 2017

As a novice writer I had many false starts. My stories always seeded as characters. Great characters! Characters with tragic backstories, with interesting tics and colorful personalities.

So a man walks into a bar and…

Then what?

My mistake was this: I may have had a great character, but I didn’t have a story. (Yet.)

Even for the most ardent pantser, here are 2 plotting questions to fuel story, unstick you when you’re stuck, and turn false starts into finishes.

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Posted In Creative Philosophy, Writer's Block, Writing

Finish Your Story!

Mollie E. Reeder | December 30, 2016

Recently, I heard this question:

“I want to write, desperately, but I have never written anything because I can never find the perfect idea. I’m afraid I will never finish anything because I will lose interest partway through. How can I pick the right project?”

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The Monster in the Maze

Mollie E. Reeder | October 21, 2016

It’s like being chased by a monster in a maze: when writing turns into a labyrinth of ideas where something terrible and unseen is always just around the corner.

We call it writer’s block.

But let’s be honest for a moment. Writer’s block is an emotional hypochondria.

Writer’s block is you.

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