Whatever the reason, your writing stops.
Here are some ways to kick your story back in gear.
5 Ways to Get Back In and Move the Story Forward
- Bridge to Next Story Event – Sometimes you are at one point in the story and don’t know how to get to the next part. Before you go to the next action, write a scene where the protagonist reflects on what has happened so far.
- Character Arc Development – Now is a good time to look at the character arcs for all your main characters. Give one of your characters a problem (obstacle) to overcome. It doesn’t need to be big but reveal a growth step or realization for that character.
- The Corner – If you feel you’ve written yourself and your story into a corner, it’s time to brainstorm at least five other story paths. You may have to do some revision on the parts you have already written but you’ll get yourself and your story out of the corner.
- Detail Overload – Your story may be going nowhere because you are loading it with detail without action or response. Double check that your detail moves the story forward. If it doesn’t, cut it out and get to some dialogue or action.
- Story Structure – Sometimes you can spend time in a specific section of your story and loose the narrative drive. The story is lost because like the old adage of the trees and the forest; you see only the trees. Use a story structure to get back to moving the story forward. From Aristotle’s three acts to story beats take a look at where your story is now when you are stuck and get back to structure.
And a McGuffin
If you find yourself staring at a blank page not knowing what to write next, take a look at your story. Look for missing pieces and overall structure.
Zara Altair writes traditional mysteries set in the time of Ostrogoth Rule in Italy in The Argolicus Mysteries.