Julie's Quest

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

What's Up Doc?

You know what it's like when you've got a virus brewing: first comes the scratchy, tickly throat, the sore head, the chills followed by raging temperatures and a hacking cough. the sneezing and the runny nose - then, to top it all off you get the bone numbing fatigue. It's a similar feeling you get when you know one of your stories isn't working. It's that almost imperceptible shiver that fleetingly shoots down your spine when you're halfway through a story and find yourself running out of steam. The characters you once loved and couldn't stop raving about now leave you cold and itching to push them aside so you can start a new and exciting love affair with another character.

You develop an allergy to your characters and the plot seems to have deserted you as your story grinds to a flu induced halt. You can't see a resolution to a conflict through your watery, red eyes. The conflict you thought was exciting and original now seems well worn and feeble as it shuffles off to its bed in search of a lemsip and rest.

So how can you turn it around? Is there a wonder remedy that will have your story back on it's feet within the hour? Is there a medicine that will unblock the story's nose and allow it to take a deep breath and clear it's sinus's? There's no miracle cure - but taking the Dr's advice on beating the flu won't go amiss here either: plenty of rest is usually high on the list. Let your story rest so it has time to shake off the chills and recover from what ails it. Then, when it's feeling better (and you've had time to calm down and put some distance between yourself and your malaised story) you can sit down calmly and find the solution to your story's problems that you couldn't see for all the swelling, inflammation and horrible, clogging, cloying, sticky, germy secretions (yuck, yuck and treble yuck!)

Just as you would (reluctantly) rest with a bout of some nasty virus in order to let it take its course , you must rest your story to let it recover. I know it's frustrating to put your story away but it's for it's (and your) own good.

You really should listen to your doctor!

Happy writing

Julie xx

2 comments:

Martin said...

Coming back to things with a fresh eye. Good advice, Julie.

Julie P said...

Hi, Martin

Thank you! I always find that if I leave things for a while, I seem to pick up grammatical and spelling mistakes better. And I can usually spot where the story isn't working and how to rectify it if I let it perculate for a while.

Julie xx