Letting the Story ‘Sit’

Sometimes, we all reach a point of saturation. The ideas stop flowing; they sit, and rest a while.

It’s okay to let the story sit.

When we begin a project, there are definitely expectations for the story in our minds. For me, I expect the motivation to get me 10,000 words in, and then for the plot to begin to sag as my character makes the choices that will impact the rest.

But sometimes, the story isn’t that long. Or it needs a little time to really stretch its legs.

Some people say to push through – write rubbish anyway. Others say stop, and get space.

I’ve found what works for me: I stick with it, and I write at least one single word of it each day. Enough to know I ‘am’ progressing. I go back and find a sentence I can tweak, and even if I remove some words, I add at least a new one. And if it’s a struggle for more than a week, I switch to another project for some more creative options, once I’ve added that single word; to keep my creativity going while the story sits:

And wait for the puzzle pieces to slip into place.

What helps you to let a story grow, while keeping your creativity going?

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