I've managed to break through the writer's block I've been experiencing and I feel as though I'm brimming with new ideas.
I returned to some old tricks I learned long ago about breaking writer's block. I wasn't truly BLOCKED, but I sure wasn't making fast progress.
On my one WIP (a mystery story), I set a definite goal: I want it 80%
done by July 4. That's 75 days from the day I set my goal. So I wrote
75, 74, 73, etc., on a piece of paper, have it by my computer, and every
day, I cross off a day. Seeing those numbers marching down the page
have given me incentive to sit down every day and at least TRY to write.
Since I started, I'm on chapter 3. Whee!
On my other multi-book series, I was struggling to recapture the essence
of one character. I have a LOT of characters in this series, both
current and future, and I switch back and forth between 8 major
characters as I follow their lives.
I came up with Character Traits. I decided on 6 one-word traits to
describe each major character and each minor (not REAL minor, but not
major) characters. That's about 20 people, and I sat down one night and
really thought through each one and found a list of traits somewhere,
and added them to the wiki page I have for each character.
Now when I put a character in a situation, I can go back there and say, "Well, Catherine wouldn't have done that" and realize that the scene is "out of character" for her.
This has helped me enormously, because I had some scenes that I thought
were great but they didn't feel right. Now I know why. It's being
initiated or experienced by the WRONG CHARACTER.
I am so delighted by these simple techniques to help me get back on
track. I look forward every day to crossing off that number, knowing
that I'm this much closer to a goal, or checking that character sketch and knowing just what that character should be doing.
Sometimes it's just a matter of thinking about what you want and figuring the best way to do it. It really comes down to finding what works for you -- and once you do, the possibilities are there!