Still Stuck? How To Unstick Your Unmotivated Writer’s Brain And WRITE

Sometimes a story gets stuck. That sucks, because we’re the ones who drove into the tree, but it happens. (This is not a post about that.)   When the story is fine but the writer is stuck, that’s different. That’s a mental thing, or an organization thing, or whatever, but if you are stuck andContinue reading “Still Stuck? How To Unstick Your Unmotivated Writer’s Brain And WRITE”

How To Get Past The Tricky Spot In Your Story

We all occasionally reach a spot in the story where we don’t know what to do, how to get the characters past a certain obstacle. If it lasts a while, people call it writer’s block. So don’t let it last. In Poggibonsi, the tricky spot was trying to think up a way for Mike’s wife toContinue reading “How To Get Past The Tricky Spot In Your Story”

I Can’t Finish My Story! Failure To Launch, a (common) writer nightmare

Occasionally a writer reaches out and laments about a writerly problem. Here’s one I received recently that I think is fairly common. . Dear Dan, I recently realized that my writing has slowed to a standstill, not because I’m busy, but because I’m terrified to finish. Help. Scared Storyteller . Dear Storyteller, It’s not uncommonContinue reading “I Can’t Finish My Story! Failure To Launch, a (common) writer nightmare”

Endurance: Don’t Quit =/= Never Take Breaks

A critique partner and friend recently noted that I’m looking even more prolific the past few days, putting out a few chapters of my story for inquiring eyes at the critique website. Kinda sorta. Now, you know I am a BIG advocate of WRITE EVERY DAY, but I recognized something that you need to knowContinue reading “Endurance: Don’t Quit =/= Never Take Breaks”