Sometimes stories have a beginning, an end, and the stuff that goes between and the path that starts at one and takes you thru the middle to that end is pretty clear. Sometimes non-fiction has a step by step process and all you do is follow the steps til you get there
But sometimes writing, especially non-fiction has a number of routes that you can get from A- Z. A number of different orders you can put things in
And that’s kinda where I’m stuck now
I have a number of points I want to make. A number of things I need to explain. A number of solutions for the challenges that exist- but they all keep moving around. It’s hard to settle for an order for this particular book
and so it’s time to stop, step back, take a deep breath and take a good hard look at what I’m trying to do and what’s the best way to do it
Ever have that happen to you?
If you get stuck in a process snarl like this one, there’s a number of ways to approach it. You can
- list your key points so you have them visible in front of you
- build an outline to create some kind of order.
- list each point on an index card, lay them out and shuffle them around
- write each one on a sticky note and play musical points on your fridge or wall
- ask a friend or another writer for outside input
- dream program or meditate for clarity or a cosmic aha!
Or just walk away for a bit and see if you have more clarity when you revisit it later
so, with NaNoWriMo, I’ve got a lot of writing done, but now I need to sort it out and put it in order.
What’s your approach for unsnarling your writing?
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