FREESTYLE: That’s just a formal way of giving yourself permission to fire your internal editor for a while. I realized I was trying to write about characters I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting. With an open mind I let the thoughts flow. Who is this person? Where is she from? What are her hopes? Dreams? Fears? It was one long rambling unedited mess. But it helped get my head around the characters holding me back.
RUN: Long, slow runs give me a chance to visual the book unfolding like a movie in my mind. It takes me away from the computer screen and gets the blood pumping. The result? Fresh, creative ideas to try and sore calves. It’s amazing what a little exercise does to keep those neurons firing.
PERSISTENCE: Even when I don’t feel I have anything to write, I write. Every day. I go to the computer and pluck away at words and phrases until – at last – something clicks. It might take days. It might take months. You might not notice when it happens because your mind takes something good and runs with it. For a while, it’s practically effortless. At least I knew when I was on the right track. Something changed in the way I felt about the characters and what they were experiencing.
That’s it! Nothing earth-shattering. It really helps to remind yourself to trust the process. You know what you’re doing, you might just have to wait for the characters to introduce themselves. And for that you need an open mind. These are just some things that work for me.