Over the last few months I’ve been struggling to complete the last book in my series, and I’m at a loss as to why. The ideas are there, I know where the story is going, what has to happen, and how it all ends. The story is almost complete, but the last few chapters are eluding me. Not in the sense that they don’t exist – as I said I know what happens – but I can’t get it out of my head and onto the screen. Is it a form of writer’s block?
I googled the words Writer’s Block, and Google came back with ‘about 2,920,000 results’ (a little scary), and the first item on the list was this quote.
Nice and succinct but it doesn’t really describe what I’ve been experiencing. The story plays out in my head a little like a movie so I know what to write.
Then a few days ago this little quote appeared on my Facebook newsfeed, an idea that I’d not seen in any of those articles I’d read (maybe I missed it), and I had a lightbulb moment.
My problem is the characters, and they aren’t talking to me. They’re going through the motions of what happens, but the emotion isn’t there, or the voices. I know that sounds strange, but that’s what happens. They fire up, start talking, sometimes yelling, and I just follow along writing everything down. (I’ve posted about that strange, but wonderful process before.)
So it appears that I have been struck by the evil writer’s block, and I need to find a way out of it. Even as I write this it’s becoming a little clearer as to what the issue might actually be. It might also be the answer as to why I seemed to write in circles for part of what’s already been written.
Could it be that I don’t really want to say goodbye to these characters? After all, once this book is done so are they. Is this my subconscious trying to put off the inevitable?