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Writing Detours: Fear as an Obstacle


Have you ever had writer’s block? 

There is more than one school of thought on writer’s block and I’ve always leaned to the just keep writing lot.  I still do but I’ve noticed a bad habit I’ve picked up in the past few weeks.  I don’t have writer’s block but perhaps I have writer’s detours.  Do you balk at sticky scenes?  Do you skirt obstacles that crop up in your story?

Are you taking writing detours?

If so you’re not alone.  I’ve been pantsing a short story that is becoming much larger than the simple flash piece I was writing for fun and now 3000 words in I’ve hit a snag.   I think it’s fear.

Fear?  I’m not afraid of my changeling dragon but of the choice he has to make.  It reminds me of the Choose Your Own Adventure books.  He has at least three main paths he can take and I’m hesitant to pick one.  His character is leaning towards staying true to his principles while the impish side of me wants him to make his evil mama proud.  The third is a mixture of right and wrong and what I’d like to see him choose but I really don’t think I have the writing chops to make it come out believable.

Have you ever faced a writing dilemma where you stop unsure of the next step to take?

I know the main points that I want to happen and this scene has become pivotal in my main character’s development.  Should I draft out the three ideas and see which sticks best?  This isn’t the first time I’ve had to pause to ponder during this story but the other times I day dreamed and played it out like a movie in my head until I found what clicked.

I tend to be a pantser for flash pieces but for all my longer attempts I have storyboards, outlines, and a lot of details.  Here’s a post about plotting versus pantsing and I fall in the little bit of both category.  This flying by the seat of your pants can be very liberating but scary at the same time.

Currently I’m writing in Fear’s pocket.  What about you?

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