There are times for every writer when the work gets bogged down and writing becomes a chore.
We've all been there, but how do we move past it? "Go where the heat is." These are words of wisdom from Trai Cartwright (she'll be at the NCW conference, by the way) and useful advice when you don't know how to get yourself out of the mire.
|Has your writing gotten cold and dreary?|
You must write what excites you. If you are bored with your writing, you cannot expect anything except boredom from your readers. We all know that a bored reader is a former reader and quite unlikely to be a repeat reader.
A perfect example comes from the Advanced Screenwriting class Trai is teaching on Sundays at Wolverine Letterpress and Publick House. One of the students, an experienced playwright, named Barb, could not decide which of her current works in progress would be best suited as a workshop exercise for the class.
Trai asked her to read both log lines. The first one was a quirky tale about three old women surviving a natural disaster together. I thought it sounded cute and I looked forward to reading it until she read the logline for the second one, a dystopian saga of intrigue, betrayal, coming of age and redemption.
This was a story itching to be told and one I couldn't wait to dig into it. In fact, the entire class straightened up as Barb described the horrific world of her imagination. Her voice grew stronger and louder, her eyes sparkled, her cheeks got pink.
She had found the heat.
|Hot enough for ya?|
Have you been too soft on your hero? Raise the stakes. Is your antagonist too predictable? Provide backstory that will warm us up to your villain. Does changing the setting, the genre, the point of view, or the time period of your story make it more intriguing, more interesting, hotter?
For more on finding the heat, check out these websites:
Writing About LOVE—Ditch the Cliches & Turn Up the Heat in Your Romance