Writing Past a Problem

Lev’s post mirrors my own. My subconscious mind is often working to further develop characters and ideas. I’ve learned this about myself, and will, as Lev did, let it go from my conscious thinking. The biggest take from this is that I need to avoid trying to overanalyze or think through the problem, because that will often build dams that will stymie me.

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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