This week at the Diner, we're going to share a few short and hopefully helpful ideas on various ways to defeat writer's block. This will be followed by at least one week of free fiction where staffers demonstrate a specific method of defeating writer's block by showing you the results of their brain draino! Make sure you come back every day to see the fiction--and what pie we've got on special.
So here's my quickie for helping out with writer's block. Turn the section where you're stuck into "branching fiction". You know, like a choose your own adventure? Think to yourself: what three vastly different directions could this scene go right here? Have the directions be relatively logical in terms of your plot, but ignore anything you might have planned for your book except what has come before. And then write them all, keeping in mind these experiments are ONLY to break through your writer's block and aren't your REAL fiction.
It's quite possible one of the crazy new directions will help you over your writer's hump. I have used this method several times with decent success.
And I can't pass up the opportunity to plug my upcoming interactive fiction novella that I sold as Ellie Marvel to Red Sage Publishing, Megan's Choice, in which every scene ends in two directions. Yes, instead of picking one, I just wrote them all, and it was so much fun!
Here's a link to the Megan's Choice page at my site: http://www.jodywallace.com/books/meganschoice.htm
And yes, I used this branch method to help me through writer's block a long time before I sold this book to Red Sage, though it did give me the idea to write the book.
SURVIVAL OF THE FAIREST--Available now, Samhain Publishing