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!