Feeling Stuck Writing Your Novel? Try this Novel Writing Refresh!
How to keep your perspective when writing longer narratives
How often I have heard, “You are starting a new chapter in your life…”
How often I have thought, "It's time to begin a new chapter..."
Fiction echoes our world.
Although difficult in the moment, it is necessary that one sees outside oneself. Applying this idea to novel-writing, it is important to give yourself some freedom, and get perspective.
Here are a list of ideas to try if you are stuck in a rut, your novel feels static, you are sick of your novel, or you are having trouble seeing the future of your manuscript. Hopefully this list will help to shape your story, and you will be on your way to finding the right words...
One week. Two weeks. Don’t open that file! Perspective needs time and space. To see clearly, you must have distance.
Listen to music
You might want to make a playlist for your character. Check out the awesome blog Largehearted Boy for some examples of other writers who have scored their novels.
Challenge yourself and use the dictionary or other visual media, such as film, to discover new writing prompts. Write down your dreams. Keep a journal. Keep your writing exercises short and sweet so you can keep the momentum going.
Give it to a (trusted) reader
It's very important that your readers have similar sensibilities to your own, and yet will be able to be encouraging and critical of your work. This is not always an easy find. Although it's great to hear how well you write, try to find a reader who is not a friend or a family member but a peer.
Publishing is not a part of the initial creative process, and because of this, it can work as a distraction, a tool, and a goal. It can also work to motivate you: getting good feedback or the validation of publication can give you the confidence to go forward with your longer work.