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.
For myself, I find that I work best when I give myself a framework to creatively play with. Then, my inner artist kicks in, looking to explore my ideas as thy begin to bubble.
Knowing the beginning, climax and end of a story is hardly ever enough information for creating a thoughtful chapter or scene. Every moment is driven by character reaction, and if you don’t know your characters so well yet, you won’t know where to go.
So, to help inspire your scene generation, here are 4 simple, yet incredibly thoughtful questions to ask yourself before diving in.
These questions have been massive help in jump-starting exciting scene ideas. I can't express how many times they've helped me overcome creative droughts of writer's block.
So, go forth and write.
the romantic rover.