Let’s take a minute to step back. You have been staring at your work for minutes or hours and nothing has come to mind. You are stuck at a pivotal point and you are uncertain which way to go. Try this exercise. Get up and go for a walk, and while you are walking play the scene in your head. Walking, jogging, running increases your heart rate which increases blood flow, this in turn will bring more oxygen to your brain thereby improving creativity. Hear the characters acting it out, the different voices with their accents and see the mannerisms being used. Hear the emotional delivery of dialogue.
Continue your walk and speak the parts from the scene or speak the description of the scene out. Does this dialogue work? Is this something that particular character would say. This allows you to hear the words and feel them the way you want your readers to hear and feel them.
Now comes the time to sit back down and write. Get back to the grind stone, all the things you just went through are fresh in your mind and waiting to be poured out onto the page. Capture the intonation of each character speaking, describe in detail the world your reader is visiting. Take the trip with them.
I have a tendency to keep scratch paper around me at work. I always seem to have an idea strike me when I am focused on other things. Just the other day I was in the middle of a phone call and it hit me, “What if this call that is being recorded, were nothing more than an attempt to get my voice and speech pattern down.” Then a second idea hit me, “What if this call was coming from the future in an attempt by AI to subjugate the human race?” After the second thought ran through my head I immediately wrote them down. These ideas will now play in my mind as I contemplate how best to use them.
Have you ever heard something that just was not said? You know, your in a conversation and some one says “oh wouldn’t it be awesome if we all begged like animals?” The others smile and chuckle a bit, but you are like what, repeat that please. “Oh wouldn’t it be awesome if we all began families.” What if you ran with that first idea? What would that scene look like?
These are just a few ways to get the creative connections charged. I hope you will leave a comment to let us know how we are doing, or let us know how we can help you. Continue to write and have fun while doing so.