I don’t like the term, writer’s block because it makes me think of bricks and there is nothing concrete about the writing process. When the words won’t come, the scene is vague or I have this feeling… it’s time to pause. For me, the requirement to complete x# pages per day doesn’t work. I commit to time, spent daily, so I didn’t write a page today. I reviewed my “characters binder” and I dabbled with the story board.
This week, my “little voice” has been saying, “The Hero’s Journey“. This is now a classic reference for commercial fiction with Star Wars being the famous example. I have many cheat-sheets and notes based on this, but couldn’t put my finger on one, and didn’t have access to my cabin/office. As I scanned my “workshops” folder I was stunned I didn’t have a file by that name. Duh. I named the file Vogler-Hauge. These were my notes from spending hours in my home with the videos. When I opened the file, I was appalled. I had used my Neo ( always) and had downloaded my notes. But never read them. The file was loaded with keystroke tweaks and skips.
I have two clean, edited, files now, one printed and included in my binder. The other is in column format to cut and paste around my storyboard. There was a reason to pause in my story today. I can “see” when I wrote those notes and downloaded that file. I can feel my purposeful intent then, to do what I’m finally doing today. I also got a gentle reminder about the journey I’ve lived, since the date on that typo riddled file was 6/10/2007.