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Writing Techniques - Blocking
Do you spend a lot of time staring at the screen, rather than writing? Do you write a few paragraphs and then find your inspiration coming to a halt? Let me introduce you to a technique to speed up your writing and make your scenes tighter and more focused.
Blocking is a technique that helps you to capture inspiration without being slowed down by the specifics of the scene. It allows you to free your creative side from the worries of word choice and style, and keep the editor voice firmly in check.
Before writing the scene, you should have a vague idea of what is going to happen, even something as simple as ‘protagonist clashes with mother-in-law”. Write this at the top of your document.
The next step is to jot down your ideas. This is a free-writing exercise where you don’t worry about grammar or word choice, but simply throw ideas at the page. Make notes about your setting, about which characters are present, about how your protagonist feels. As you freewrite, let yourself capture snippets of dialogue and action and write them down, too. Don’t worry about punctuation. Write as fast as the ideas come.
When you have run out of ideas for the scene, go back and read through what you have written. Cull any ideas that don’t fit into another document (never waste an idea!) and sort through what you have left. Put all the snippets of action, feeling and dialogue into rough chronological order. Finally, make sure you have a solid ending for the scene, with a hook that leads the reader on to the next scene.
When that’s done, you are ready to write. Now all you have to do is go through and fill in the blanks, connecting all your ideas into one coherent flow. And since you don’t have to worry about where you are going, you can concentrate on your writing, style, structure and word choices.
Blocking can be a short, 10 minute exercise, or it might happen over several days. Either way is fine, but when you come to write the actual draft, blocking makes this fast and simple. No more pecking at a scene, sentence by sentence, and wasting time backtracking. And at the end, you have a tight, focused scene, ready for revision.
And that’s the writing advice for this week. Any questions from the floor?
Hello Dia! Can you link me to any guides on writing steampunk or direct me to any RPHs who do? Thank you so much!
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How to write a kiss
Rebloggable version, as requested by davrosbro. :)
Oooh! Yes! I love kisses. Kisses are where it all starts ;).
Okay, first, remember that a kiss is much, much more than just lips. It is lips, but also tongues, teeth, eyes, faces, hands, noses, bodies, heartbeats, breath, voice- and most importantly, a kiss is emotions. A kiss without emotion is just wet mushy lips stuck together. Ew. Gross. The most important part of a kiss isn’t the how, but the who- because of the emotions between the two people.
Hi DD, Do you have any advice on how to battle writer's block? I've got like 8 story ideas and when I sit down to actually write I go blank. :( (BTW I adore the YW books and can't wait for GWP to come out! You are an amazing author and an inspiration!)
First of all: you need to make sure that you’re really having a writer’s block. I get a sense that a lot of cases of “block” are misdiagnosed right out of the gate.
it’s possible that the difficulty you’re running into is a straightforwardly procedural thing. The problem is that there are a number of hidden processes that ideally need to occur before you can actually start writing. Or at least, start writing effectively.
The first thing to say is that having a story idea is only the very beginning, the merest hint, of what you have to do before you actually start setting down prose on paper. A lot of people get confused about the role of the story idea: they think it’s the most important part of being creative as a writer, when in fact it’s probably the least important.
Story ideas are easy. Everybody can have story ideas. Most of us who do this professionally have way too many story ideas. It would be a bad day around here if I hadn’t had an idea for a story between getting out of bed and making it downstairs for my first mug of tea. However, even after thirty years of doing this work for pay, there’s no guarantee that that story idea will actually be worth anything. Over time, you learn to cull relentlessly. But a how-to guide on culling is a subject for some other post.
Anyway. You get the story idea, and it impels you to write. That’s a good start. But there are other places you have to go first.
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