Where do I go from here?

I ended last night’s brief writing spell with a closing line, and now I don’t know where to go with it. I am actually sitting here with writer’s block. Prior to this, I would have said that I didn’t believe in writer’s block, that it was just an excuse to stare at a blank page. But when you’re mentally exhausted, it is indeed possible. Except in this circumstance, it’s only the case with the novel I’m writing for NaNoWriMo; the flow of words has become stagnant.

I started with an idea. One character. No plot line.

I now have a handful of characters, one heroine (the protagonist), a hero and a baddie (antagonist). Except the baddie has yet to do anything untoward and the heroine has reached a point in the story where I’m not quite sure where to go from here. I have also ended up with a romance with an element of science fiction/fantasy/paranormal (call it what you will). I don’t quite know how I ended up here, it just happened.

I know what the ending will be, and I know what leads up to it, but I have become stuck as to how to begin the next scene. It’s one of those scenes where you have to have inside knowledge to be able to write. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, you have to do research. If you’re writing a novel in 30 days, you don’t have time for research.

I suppose I’d better just make it up as I go along and then make time for the research afterwards. After all, that’s what NaNoWriMo is for.

Yes, that’s what I’ll do. OK, that’s better. I have removed the cork and can now let the story flow once more.

I think I might even throw a tangible item like this cork into the story and see what I can do with it…

Thanks for listening (reading). 🙂


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