Lucy Brazier, author of the Porter Girl books, makes a very strong argument about writer’s block being a myth. However you feel about this curse, her rationales include (and I quote) the following lines in her post:
-You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About
-“They say to write what you know and there are very good reasons for this…”
Lucy Brazier’s point is spot-on. She uses the old adage “write what you know”, but really, what she’s getting at is not about your experience in a field or sector. Right? It’s writing what you know in terms of your ultimate aim with the work-in-progress.
I have noticed how in my own work – when it’s drafty and I’m revising – there’s a tendency for characters to speculate through dialogue about what they’re going to do next, or to try to figure out the mystery before I (as the writer) knew where the hell the plot was going.
As Ms Brazier says herself:
You’re going to hit dead ends far more frequently without a clearly defined objective or resolution.
This is probably true of mini-resolutions, crises and whatever else permeate your fiction. I’ve seen it in the work of others and in my own stuff.
It’s rife in first and second and even third drafts. It’s the writer talking out loud. If you spot that in your work – or speculative musings of other kinds – perhaps it’s time to start planning just a little, so you know where you’re going for the next few pages – rather than pantsing it.
And it is usually anathema (is that the word?) to actually getting through your work to reach the very living end.
Anyway: She’s a terrific scribe, is herself, that Lucy Brazier. Her literature is pure creme. She writes social etiquette and the dynamics of character interaction with the eloquence and style of the early-to-mid-century greats like Waugh and Wodehouse.
Lucy’s Amazon UK Author page is here.
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