You’ve envisioned a scene. Well… most of a scene. You may have a bit of the action down, or perhaps the heated dialogue figured out.
Though, every time you face the ink and paper (or computer screen) you find yourself hitting a brick wall. These are all symptoms of having a half-fleshed out scene for your fiction story.
I get it, because I would find myself suffering from the self-inflicted writer’s hardship on the daily. We’ve talked about how there are several ways to approach a written fiction. Many writers typically lean towards being a architect or gardener.
The architect heavily focuses on planning and outlining a story before diving into the writing portion. They go in already knowing each tent-pole scene, each character’s driving desire, and the relationship dynamics across their whole cast.
Meanwhile, the gardener stands on a grand idea and explores the story throughout the whole writing process. Often times, this is how an endearing character quirk or mind-blowing plot twist is conceived. Though, the gardener will also have to consider weeding out a lot of literary bells and whistles during the editing process.
Although there is no rule-book on how to approach writing a story, a great writer may find himself/herself well-armed by both schools of thought.
A person who is fond of, develops or cultivates roses.
the romantic rover.