Writing Past a Problem

A novel often needs to “simmer” by letting our subconscious mind work on it for a while to build the layers and depth that make it meaningful. When we are stuck, it’s time for the conscious mind to take a mini vacation to allow ideas to flow in.

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Working on my most recently published book, I ran into a significant problem.  To move the novel forward, I needed my protagonist to have a confrontation with a minor character.  I knew what this woman’s role was in the book and how she drove the plot forward.

But the woman herself was a blank.  I had no idea what she looked like, what she sounded like, what kind of house she had.  None of that was real.  And so I did when I’ve learned to do after many years as an author: I let go.  Consciously, that is.

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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One Response to Writing Past a Problem

  1. It is for this reason the marathon process of NaNoWriMo does not work well for me. Writing motivation is not something I lack, but time enriches my novels. It’s true that if a skeletal NaNo draft works out right, I can go back during revision and fill in the “meat,” but if I’ve gone off in the wrong direction, all I’ve done is created more work for myself.

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