Thursday, February 1, 2018
Unblocking the Block
By Rita Stella Galieh | @RitaSGalieh @ICFWriters
That awful feeling managing to wake a writer in the dead of night. And no matter what day time work you're involved in, it's there in the back of your mind.
What to do? Write. Write. Write. But it's not what you want and will never 'pass muster'. And even worse, it's coming up to the end where you need a great climax and a satisfying conclusion.
Yes, all the ends are just about tied. But there is a need for something extra. Something to make the reader hang in there until the very end. Something so pleasing, they're glad they took precious time to read the book.
I hate to admit it, but I have often been in this very situation.. And at this very moment I am writing my thoughts, still hoping for a last minute reprieve when all will become clear. Of course I'm praying about it, but answers don't always pop into your head. That ten percent of inspiration is desperately needed. The other ninety per cent of hard slogging has made the story resonate .
Just reread the whole draft. Maybe one more conflict needs to come between these protagonists, both who are drawn to each other, but not yet committed. No, not an accident. Maybe an argument? Serious enough to pull them farther apart? A possibility? Yes that'll do it
Now adding all the effects of a heated argument. However, they have just discovered despite their differences they still retain that attraction. And he is getting around her objections. Now I feel it's drawing to a satisfactory conclusion.
Great! It's been a mix of fun and frustration. That's what comes of being a 'Pantser" Still, following the characters as they reveal themselves is all about being a writer.
What do you other writers do when you admit your story needs a nice twist near its end? Or have you figured it out from the beginning? I thought I had already done that but my characters changed and pushed me in another more interesting direction. And that's where they led me without a plan for the conclusion. I do not enjoy a story- book or movie - where you have to guess the ending which leaves you wondering. Or maybe you do like that.
Rita studied art at the National Art School then joined the family ceramics studio. After their marriage, she and her husband attended Emmaus Bible College, and were also involved with Christian Television on Sydney’s Channel Nine. Currently she co-presents Vantage Point, an Australia-wide Christian FM radio program. She enjoys giving her fun-filled presentations of ‘Etiquette of the Victorian Era’ in costume.