Writer’s block can just be a disguised, indecisive mind.
A lot of times, writer's block is a result of lack of clarity, leading to indecision. One does not know the answers to certain questions, or does not have the right questions in the first place. One also gets confused over the categorization or prioritization of the questions.
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The artificial questions are placeholders until the real question gets unveiled by the mind. These questions, consciously or unconsciously hide the actual question.
Example: “When does this development unravel?” Can later turn into “Can this be turned into a more dramatic one which does not need any unraveling?”
Questions pertaining to plot, structure, consistency or procedure need a little brainstorming to be original and interesting.
We can write down whatever ideas we have and can reflect on them while trying to come up with an answer.
Certain decisions are disguised as questions, and are usually some major plot points, or even details that require explanations and further detailing.
Example: Which characters point of view should I use in this scene?
The Masked Questions: some questions are just decisions that are yet to be made. We just haven’t gotten to the deciding part yet.
Many questions are not directed at the story but at one’s own writing process, like when to plan, when to brainstorm, and when to write.
This also includes one’s own little experiments in the writing process.
One can keep all the questions related to your writing progress in one place, for easy reference, dividing them into three types:
Certain writers deploy writing techniques that are unique and form the tone of the novel, like first person narrative, for example.
These writing and storytelling techniques need to be decided upfront, though they can be changed later if one wants to rewrite certain parts during revision.
Many consistency checks, which are found out and rectified during revision is when there are variations in how something or someone has been described, like the color of the eyes or hair.
The crucial questions are the roadblocks that keep the work grounded, with no progress made until they are answered.
One needs to identify these in the first place.
Write the first draft of your story in as short a time as possible. If you’re writing a short story, try to write it in one sitting. If you’re writing a novel, try to write it in one season (three months).
Don’t worry too much about plotting or outlining beforehand. You can do that once you know you have a story to tell in the first place. Your first draft is a discovery process. You are like an archeologist digging an ancient city out of the clay. You might have a few clues about where your city is buried beforehand, but you don’t know what it will look like until it’s unearthed.
The hardest part of a writer's job is sitting down to do the work. Writing happens in three phases.
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