For two to three weeks now the biggest things that have been impeding my own writing are distractions. Some of them may be worthy ones, like the needs of my husband or kids, others not so much. It’s been such things as video games, reading, television, and just about anything else one could think of to do that has kept me from turning out pages. One begins to wonder if it is part of a bigger issue.
In the past I’ve always been good about allotting my time. If I was inclined to play a game, I could set a time limit and stick to it. I kept a good handle on the number of TV shows that were on my must-see list, and I made sure specific time blocks were set for my work, and let nothing come between that goal… so why has that faded now?
When I look inside, it seems to be I’m in that new book/story funk. Even though I have a good handle on the tale I want to tell, I’m struggling with things like tone, POV, etc. The tone of this story is very differnt than the one I just finished. From the first page it feels very dark, very ominous. There is no levity and a lot of pain. I know I can’t take this hero on a 300 page journey and have him never see a differnt mindset, but figuring out how to slow dial things around, yet keep that ominous fee is a real puzzle.
As far as point of view goes, I usually write in multi-povs. I want to see the whole story, from at least the eyes of two characters, but I don’t see this as being the type of story that can be told that way. There is too much going on that needs to be laid out in chucks for the hero, that the only was I can conceive to make that work is only tell it from his POV. Another puzzle my brain is having a hard time solving.
In the past, when I’ve been struck with a bit of writer’s block, playing a simple game–changing my focus–has allowed the answer to sort of rise to the top. I have a feeling this time the only way I’m going to completely work through it is to write.
Do any of you have tricks to help deal with these types of issues?