Instead of writing I prayed, talked to my writers group and family. However, they had different ideas and suggestions. I spent time reading trade books and articles. I read books by some of the best authors in my genre, that didn’t help; I so got engrossed in the books, I forgot to pay attention to what I was searching for.
So, I played solitaire. Unbelievably—that didn’t work either.
Finally, a friend of mine gave me some excellent advice. She said, “Dee, consider everyone’s ideas; apply the ones you like and toss the rest. Then focus on your story, your plan; think about where you want to take your book. Then sit down and write.”
I went for a motorcycle ride; it’s my most productive place to think. As I watched the scenes roll by I thought about my story, my characters, where they were and most importantly, where I wanted them to go.
When I got home, I sat down and put fingers to the keys and...with my rough plan, written on a napkin sitting next to me, my fingers flew.
What do you do when you can’t write, when you have too many ideas floating in your head? Do you have a method? Please share your ideas with us by writing in Comments section, below.