A good day of writing today. Almost 3000 words.
I planned out the scene and everyone’s role in it and then went back and wrote it, fleshing it out in prose, naming characters, filling in details. The use of detail is one of the secrets to creating a powerful and memorable story. Remember that.
Hopefully your project is coming along and you’re reaching your word counts and then some. If so, continue writing. If your characters are talking and you’re there, with them, wherever they are, stay there and follow them around and see what develops.
And if the words aren’t flowing, that’s okay, too. Every writer is different in their approach. And every book is different, even for the same writer. Every project is likely unique. It’s important to hone your technique to see what works for you.
But at the end of the day, you must write.
You can’t simply spend all your time saying you’re blocked. Ten years will pass and you’ll still be on chapter 7 of your WIP.
If you’re serious about writing, get serious about your technique and figure out what works for you and do more of it.
Apply the proverbial butt glue.
Get in the chair, take the laptop to a coffee shop, go sit in the park, find someplace quiet, find someplace noisy, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you’re exploring your story and putting words on the page.
Remember what Billy Crystal always said in Throw Momma from the Train? “A writer writes. Always.” Go and watch that if you’ve never seen it. Danny DeVito directed it. It’s a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. As much as it’s a comedy and a lot of fun with two comedic legends, it’s also an exploration of the craft of writing. “ ‘Dive,’ said the captain. And the man pushed the thing, and they dove.”