High Hurdle

There’s an old river guide saying that goes something like this: “You can’t push the river.” Right now, I’m feeling as if that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’ve hit a another rough patch in my YA novel and it’s slow going — a little like slogging through molasses. I’ve gotten some helpful feedback about my opening: the message is that the beginning is too slow. After not looking at it for a while, I’ve revisited it and I have to agree. It’s not as engaging as it could or should be.

There’s not a great first sentence that reels you in and the opening focuses on a secondary character, not my little heroine. So I’ve got to make some changes. But, what to do? What to do? I need a fresh idea — an exciting “gateway” to my story, as my wonderful sister Stephanie puts it. But I’m having a hard time coming up with something.

Steph suggested that I take a day or two off and just forget about this thorny, nettlesome, niggling problem. That way, I can let things percolate and come back to the whole opening with a new slant. Not sure that’s the best approach, but I do think taking my friend and mentor Rob Gilbert’s advice is a good idea. When you get stuck, his solution is to get “fascinated instead of frustrated.” Right now, I’m squarely in the “frustrated” category. How I go from point A to Point B and hit the “fascination” jackpot?

The best way, it seems to me, is to make my rewrite fun and playful — and to free myself from the pressure to come up with something — that’s a creativity stealer. So I’m going to ease up a bit, ask my intuition for some guidance, relac, and be kind to myself, because rewriting can be challenging. Then, I’m just going to play around and see what I come up with. Any ideas for getting those creative juices flowing again when you hit a roadblock? I’d love any suggestions about anything that works for you when you get stuck. Right now, I need all the help I can get!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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