I’ve been working on a YA semi-based on my high school years for almost a year and a half now. I stepped away from it because part of me didn’t want to go there. Part of me didn’t want to relive what I had been through, all the stupid mistakes I had made, even though deep down those stupid mistakes make me human and could help others if I learned to get everything out of my head.
I didn’t want to go there and relive that pain, but honestly it has been the best thing for me. It’s almost therapeutic, like a final healing. Recently, I came to a point where I was completely stuck and frustrated. I couldn’t get anything else out. I know my body had enough remembering at that point, but the novel isn’t finished, and I wasn’t going to let my psyche win. I had posted on twitter that I was defeated for a bit, and my lovely CP, Nicole, suggested I skip around. I had never done that before. I had never even thought about skipping around, but her suggestion worked out perfectly. I immediately broke the rest of the novel out into scenes: Anna with Taylor, Anna at fat camp, Anna with Chrissy (her first attempt), Anna with Chrissy (Chrissy’s second attempt), Anna with her former best friend, Beth, and so on. Breaking it down into scenes allowed me to take everything a little bit at a time, and the words started flowing out of me again. Like a puzzle, I know I’ll have to compile everything into one document, into a novel for everyone to read, but her suggestion is allowing the words to come out of my head. The truth of the matter is writer’s block happens to the best of us, but using other avenues like this one we will almost always be able to beat it.
Thank you, CP! Your name is going on the dedication page for pushing me when I needed it the most!
Until next time,