Writing Through Difficult Times
Yesterday I finished a chapter analysis of DisasterMinds and today I begin rewriting the chapters.
This is a HUGE deal.
The last couple months brought major challenges into my life and I had choices to make. I could take an extended break from writing and come back after things settled down -OR- I could find a process that would keep me writing through all the set-backs. I chose the latter---not because I'm super stoic and can write through anything dammit and thank-you-very-much---but because writing is my therapy of choice. When I write, I escape my troubles for a while. I refresh my soul. I need to keep writing.
So what's a writer to do with such a scattered brain? Only one thing works for me: plan and chart.
Each note card stack contains:
- beats for the scenes
- an arc for the chapter
- sensory detail
- tension and stakes
Each chapter hangs on my little bookcase line in order. If I have an element in a later chapter that needs foreshadowing, I gaze along the line until I find the place for it and add a note. I mark problem chapters and determine methods to make them less problematic.
By organizing in this way, I'm able to divide my book-writing into manageable pieces.
While life is throwing rocks at me, the manageable pieces keep me writing.
How about you? Do you have tricks to keep writing through the difficult times?