“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
— E.L. Doctorow
Hopping along the 1Romance Blog Tour this weekend, Victor J. Banis’ post got me thinking about the dark we write in and ways to allow light to come in. I’ve always loved the Doctorow quote above. Being a panster plotter blend, I tend to keep about three chapters in my mental headlights.
Sometimes, I still get lost from a wrong turn or get stalled in a ditch with a flat. When this happens, its so easy to give in to panic and frustration, thinking, “this should be easier!” or wondering “why can’t I find my way?” It isn’t like we can grab a cell phone and call writers AAA. So, what do we do?
Here are a few ideas that work for me:
-Step away from the vehicle! Take a break, call a friend, read a good book, something, anything that will allow you to get some perspective.
-Pop the trunk and get out your tools. When you’re too stubborn to walk away, dig in and find your tools. Chances are, you know how to get out of the situation and it is an easier solution than you first imagine.
-Flag down some help. Figure out your question and then ask your fellow writers. Your critique partners. Utilize the loops your on. Don’t be shy to ask for help when you really need it.
-Floor it! Maybe the detour will turn out to be a better road. Maybe to get out of the ditch all you need to do is press the pedal to the floor and force that creative vehicle back onto a road, any road.
How about you, reader? What tricks have you learned to get back on the creative road?