Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a NoWriMo virgin, sooner or later you’ll probably reach a point I call The Lifeless River Bed of Despondency and Meh. This is where the initial adrenaline rush has driven your Storymobile across the rich and vivid fictional landscape only to find it splutter and grind to a halt. Why does this happen?
There are many reasons, for example:
- Your characters may have reached a dead-end.
- Your plot that started out so well is suddenly too big and cumbersome, or you’ve realised it has less substance than you thought.
- There are so many sub plots they’re eating each other alive and your story & characters are suffering.
- Perhaps you’ve reached the end ahead of time, or realise that the end is still so far in the distance it’s like a mirage you’ll never reach.
It’s at this point you’re likely to panic.
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