Words, Wonderful Words
As a writer, you want the words you choose to remain true to your voice. How do you manage when your carefully planned scene loses the impact your wanted to portray doesn’t come across because your brain can’t relate it to your fingers? You write WORDS but they’re not the ones you envisioned using and they don’t flow smoothly. Your writing is choppy and disjointed – kinda like mine is right now.
- Read over the last of what you worked on the previous day to get reacquainted with your characters and setting?
- Throw your hands up in frustration and stomp around the room?
- Bash your head against the wall or surface of your computer desk?
- Take long cleansing breaths and go off and do something else to clear your mind – like take the dog for a walk (assuming you have a dog to walk), go for a walk by yourself?
Does listening to music help you when you’re struggling to find the right words? Or do you prefer complete silence.
Depending on where I’m working, my writer’s toolbox includes a dictionary and thesaurus. But if I’m working on my laptop and space is at premium (outside in a lawn chair comes to mind), while I still refer to both of the aforementioned books, I tend to use online versions instead. These are my favourites.
I’m just back from doing Option #4 (sans dog much to his chagrin) so we’ll see if that had any impact.
Do you have any tricks that work for you when you’re struggling with your writing?