which way do I go george, which way do I go…

I talk to myself.

Not in the crazy-person sort of way (but isn’t that just what a crazy person would say?).

I had a blazing good idea for my next story and cranked out a few paragraphs of genius. Then…well…the tap began to run slowly and my brain started to fill up with murky water, as if my synapses were clogged with old hair. “Where is this story going?” I finally had to ask myself. My idea was beginning to drown.

So I pulled out the mental Drano and started asking myself questions about the story, and in turn, answering them.

Why does so-and-so want to do that?

Because she was always taught blah-blah-blah.

Why was she taught blah-blah-blah?

Because her mom was in a horrible accident that changed the way she views the world…

Boom! The drains opened up and I could see the waters begin to recede, swirling away. New ideas and directions took hold and my typing fingers cooperated once more.

Sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes of Q&A with yourself to get things moving again.


0 thoughts on “which way do I go george, which way do I go…

  1. I do this a lot myself. I have notebooks full of question and answer sessions. I also find that if I’m stuck, I’ll go back to what I’ve written before and ask myself questions like, “What if x didn’t happen like this, but like this.”

    For instance, in my novel I was about to write a very boring bus ride home. But when I asked myself, “What if the main character’s brother didn’t show up?” Things exploded.

    Questions are a great tool.

    1. Yeah, it seems like such an obvious thing to me now, not sure why I haven’t done it sooner. Maybe I have mentally… it’s just that for this story, I decided to write out my questions and answers. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I constantly talk to myself. I often read my work out loud, too. Sometimes just hearing it through your ears instead of your brain helps to organize your thoughts.

    I tend to pre-write everything in my head, long before I sit down to type. If I’ve spent a good chunk of time mentally mapping the story or structure, I never really hit any snags when I finally do get it down.

    Doesn’t work for anything over ~5000 words, but it’s helpful!

    Glad to see you’re having a good time with it 🙂

    1. It’s so funny… Some stories I have no problem mapping out where they start and how they end. Others, I just have to let the story tell me where it’s going as I write it. I wish my brain were a little more consistent, but maybe that’s part of the fun!

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