Un-Writing

Wednesday, June 24

What happens when you can't get any farther in your story? When you write yourself into a corner?

The answer is very simple; UNWRITE.

Hopefully you're familiar with the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
In it, Theseus has a ball of string to help him get through the maze. The idea is that if he comes to a dead end, he can turn around and follow the string back.

If you come to a dead end, follow your plot string to the point just before you began disliking the direction your plot was taking. Or, find the last passage you'd written with ENERGY. The last passage you'd enjoyed to write. When you find a good place, chop off everything that came afterward and start afresh.

WHY did you not like what you'd written last time?
HOW did you end up in that dead end?

After you see that, you won't make the same mistake twice.

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