Guest Post At S[R] Blog

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 8:42 am on Monday, February 18, 2013

I wrote a guest blog post at Superstition Review’s s[r] blog about getting stuck on writing fiction. Here’s a sample:

Lately, I’ve been getting stuck while writing short stories. I’ll be working on a promising idea with a good set-up and characters, and suddenly I’ll hit a wall. I simply won’t know how to make the story work. What do I do with this thing? I’ll think. What happens next?

This is a lonely feeling. After all, if I, the writer, don’t know what happens next in the story, who does?

The Internet is not helpful. Do a search on this topic, and you’ll get advice like, “Try a prompt. Where does your character like to go on vacation?” But this problem I’m having is more than just plotting. It’s about figuring out meaning.

Read the rest HERE.

I’m really enjoying reading the comments the blog post is getting. Nice to know I’m not alone in struggling with these craft issues.

And while we’re at it, check out my previously published short story in Superstition Review called Rabble of Butterflies.