Well to say that my short story writing has stalled is an understatement, it really doesn’t help that I have a child at home, who is now chicken poxed, and will have another week off school.  I have been looking around for inspiration, but I am tired and not really getting it at the moment.  As a result I am getting down on myself about it, and finding that I have to bead to have a release for my creativity (by the way – this has stalled too, because I don’t have the beads I need to complete the project I want to make!!!)

Looking for something to help, I surfed the web and found something called a story grid (check it out at Suite101.com) which, while it would work for a short story, is probably more in line with novel writing.  I read it, I read it again then put it to one side.

In desperation last night, I got it out.  I made up a template according to the instructions and it looks quite impressive, very simple and easy.

So in further desperation, I filled it out, based on a novel I want to write.  It fitted in nicely, although on hindsight some of my answers were just to fill gaps, but I can go back in there today and fill it out better.  Guess what.  I actually felt better for it once I had finished it.  Perhaps my agitation was more because of a novel that is just bursting to come out of me rather than the lack of short stories in my life at present.  The only problem is, I really don’t have time at this point to write a novel.  In August I plan on editing Medusa.  In September perhaps I could do it, but I have plans in October to write a Gothic Novel as part of Books Down Under which I had originally hoped this novel that I story gridded would do, but it is lending itself more to science fiction than to gothic, so I have to get my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with (thinking I might build on the gothic short stories I started for the Creativity Workshop).  This year seems to be lending itself to writing novels!

So this morning, I don’t feel quite so stressed out, in fact I am feeling strangely calm (the calm before the storm???) and actually looking forward to using this story grid more often.  In fact I might actually do it for the novels I have already written to see if there is anything I can improve on.  There are somethings I need to work on, like Conflict of Circumstance, Conflict of Personality, conflict of relationship, but they are the learning curves that make writing so much fun!

Story Grids…?
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6 thoughts on “Story Grids…?

  • July 17, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    Sounds good to me.

    I think most of us (and me certainly) find life sometimes gets in the way of writing, though by the same token it sometimes gives me ideas for things to write about or develop into stories.

    At the same time, I find a certain frustration and restlessness when a day goes by when other things mean I can’t work on at least a small part of a piece of fiction. Being able to spend even half an hour by myself working on something seems to be therapeutic in some way.

    Hope you keep going at it.

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  • July 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm
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    If I don’t write, I bead, if I don’t bead, I write – vicious circle! :o)

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  • July 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm
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    and if you don’t do either you get cranky! lol I know how you feel 😉

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  • July 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm
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    Discovered a whole new level of cranky yesterday! Still, feeling a lot calmer this morning, this grid thing is actually quite interesting, have to do it again, just to get my fix! :o)

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  • July 18, 2010 at 5:50 am
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    Awesome! Sometimes using more structure can really help creativity.

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    • July 18, 2010 at 11:05 am
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      It wasn’t so much the structure that I was thinking about, it was the responses to the questions and providing a more indepth look at the conflict and the relationships between the characters of the story and seeing exactly what needs working on.

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