26 June 2019

Wednesday's Writers Block Exercise - Week 25

Got Writer’s Block?

Yeah, it happens to the best of us.  Life gets in the way and your brain is taken in another direction and before you know it, it’s been days or weeks since you last looked at that book you’re trying to write.  You’ve forgotten little details.  What eye color did you give your hero?  What town was your heroine born in?  Perhaps you need to jumpstart your creative mojo, and that's what this series is designed for. Not to explain writer's block, but to help you move in a different direction.

The one thing that a writer must do is keep the interest of the reader. One good way of doing that, of keeping the drama alive, is to make getting to the HEA difficult to achieve.

Television shows do this all the time. Some of my favorite series were/are Grimm, Roswell New Mexico,  and The Walking Dead franchise. One reason is because the writers take a story I wouldn't have thought about, and explore it. It challenges my own imagination. I believe this helps me think outside the box whenever I write my own stories.

#25 Every Blessing is a Curse

You think it's better, but no, it's worse. Find ways to turn your hero's success against her.

>List three things your hero wants. How could each of them lead to ruin?

> Curses are hard to break, often requiring perilous journeys and exotic rituals. Brainstorm challengine ways for your hero to remove the affliction.

> Some curses are blessings in disguise. List three ways a bad event could end up helping your hero.

From monkey paws to pet cemeteries, fables have taught us that gifts rarely come without a price. But this needn't play as a supernatural moral lesson; almost any improvement in the hero's life can backfire.

Look for ways to turn a character's achievements against him. The new love interest can become a stalker. The new hourse can be a deathtrap. The new job can literally be nurder. 

Happy Writing!

***John August designed these cards to help writers fix plot holes, spice up stock characters and
rethink your themes.  They, of course, do not guarantee you’ll get published or that you’ll become the next J.K. Rowling, and of course they are only a tool to help you think outside the box. I make no monetary gain with them nor do I expect anything in return.  I do not own the contents in these cards. If you're interested in them, here's the amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Writer-Emergency-Pack/dp/B00R6ZLIOY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502046610&sr=8-2&keywords=john+august 

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