Friday, February 11, 2011
Fork In The Road
1) Take the path of least resistance; or
2) Take the least predictable path.
I choose number two because, really, who wants to create a plotline that the reader will spot from a mile away?
When the forks throw themselves in my road, I usually take a pause from writing, consume massive quantities of chocolate, followed by long runs on a treadmill. I wish that it was more scientific (or organized) than that but it's just how I roll. With each book I write, I always resolve to be more organized and make better outlines but, really, I just sit down at my laptop and pound away at the keys.
When I'm stuck, I find it helps to jot down ideas, even write a few pages of narrative/dialogue, just to see what it may look like in the story. Doodling, weirdly, helps too as I try to work through the snag in my mind. Finally, there's always storyboarding but, frankly, that feels too corporate. There's something about a white board and the smell of those dry erase markers that fills my body with dread. I'll stick with my unorthodox approach of doodling, chocolate, and running. It hasn't failed me yet.
What do you do when you reach a snag with a project? How do you work through it?
By the way, in case you didn't know, it's FRIDAY! T.G.I.F. Hope you get a chance to read lots of great books this weekend. I just finished INSIDE MY HEAD, a YA by Jim Carrington. Highly recommend.