Which brings me to today’s topic. What do you do when you’re stuck and/or blocked with your original fiction? The reason I’m asking this is because, when you’re writing fanfic, you can go back and re-watch (or read, for book fandoms) the source material. See how the characters acted, reacted, and did what they did best. But when you’re writing original work, you don’t have that backlog of source material to fall back on. So, what do you do?
Some of the things I’ve found that help me are:
- re-reading some of my older fics, especially those from the very beginning. It often gives me insight into how far the characters have come since I first began
- building a playlist of songs that remind me of either the characters or the plot I’m working on.
- reading something else. This sounds counter-productive (especially when you read like I do), but sometimes when I’m fighting with a case-centered fic, a good James Patterson novel can help kick out the kinks by showing me how a real mystery writer does things.
So, what about you guys? What little tricks do you have that seem to always help you out? Also, if there’s something else that’s burning a hole in your brain, speak up. We’d love to hear whatever you’re succeeding/struggling with.