When the Story Refuses to Be Written

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Today, we have guest Ginger Solomon joining us as she shares what she does when the story gets stuck.

Book 1 in the Belikarian Weddings Series, One Choice, was released in February of 2014. Over two years later, Book 2 is finally hitting the proverbial bookshelves (it’s an e-book).

Why so long?

Well, if you’re a writer, then you’ll understand me when I say that the characters, namely my heroine, refused to talk to me. I tried for months after the release of One Choice to write Anaya’s story, but she wouldn’t share. It was a struggle and during that time I didn’t write anything.

I raged at her and at myself for not being able to figure out her story.

Then I pondered.

  • Maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a writer.
  • Maybe I was one of those one-hit-wonders, except One Choice didn’t fly off the bookshelves, didn’t get a movie contract, didn’t make me a ton of money.
  • Maybe I should quit.

Those are the things that fly through a writer’s mind regularly. I know I’m not alone. Many of my more prolific writer friends have expressed similar thoughts.

So what should you do when a story refuses to be written?

Move on.

Write something else.

Do something else.

Take a break.

Go on vacation, even if it’s a stay-cation.

Write something else. Oh, I said that already, didn’t I? I have a “play” novel that I write when I’m stumped with the next scene, or even the next book. I’ve made mine a fantasy because I can do whatever I want in it. The world can be as unbelievable as I want it to be. I don’t have to worry about bad grammar, plot bunnies, show vs. tell, or any of the other “rules” while I write it. It’s for me and me alone—though my teen daughter has read it and loves it. LOL

The point is…write or do something else. Don’t focus on what’s NOT flowing onto the paper/screen. Focus on anything but that. It works. I promise.

Obviously, Anaya finally spoke to me and agreed to tell me her story sometime around the end of 2014. It took several months to write. She wasn’t as forthcoming as some of my characters have been. And then edits. I also worked on several projects in between. But I learned from the experience.

As with any art, learning is key.

  • Learn from mistakes.
  • Learn from others’ mistakes (this is the easiest way, but we seldom do it).
  • Learn from what works.

If you’ve made a mistake and learned from it, or you’ve found something that works, please share it with us.

Ginger Solomon

Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

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About Second Choice

Second Choice by Ginger Solomon

Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.

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5 thoughts on “When the Story Refuses to Be Written

  1. Great thoughts, and (for me) much needed. I’ve got the initial chapters and outline of Book 2 sitting there, staring at me, asking, “Well?” And while I have most of the long-term stuff figured out in my head, the heart of the writing isn’t there right now.
    I’ve read advice about reviewing where your characters are going, what they’re after, what stands in their way. Lots of people suggest writing a journal from their perspective to get back into the character’s head. But I agree with you that sometimes it’s probably best to set that thing aside until the right time.

    1. A journal? Really? That sounds way too time consuming for me. Though I’m sure it works for some.

      I love your name (sonworshiper), btw. Do you sing, play an instrument, dance? (Lots of ways to worship)

        1. That’s awesome. Singing and playing piano is commendable. I sing, but I can’t play the piano. I wish I could.

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