Some writers have trouble conjuring book ideas. They can spin sentences like silk but couldn't come up with a high concept hook to save their lives.
Other writers struggle through the first pages only to write like the wind once the world is properly established.
Still some writers find the middle the most beguiling part of story--anything can happen and nothing is given.
And a few of us hate writing endings as much as we hate saying goodbye at the airport.
I've struggled with all of the above! But currently I'm finding the beguiling middle and afterglow ending impossible to nail down.
When I get to something that feels like the hard part of writing, it helps me to do a few things:
- back off from the story and let it simmer
- watch awesome TV with killer characterization and plot
- re-imagine and re-outline
- force myself to write
- force myself to cut what I just wrote
- start writing again
- finally get it right and move on
What do you do when you get to the hard part? And what's the hardest part for you?