Have you ever picked up a story that looked interesting, only to find it lifeless and dry? Have you ever slogged through a book, counting down the pages until the end, or even put it back on the shelf without ever finishing?
Have you ever written a story that seemed interesting in the idea stage, but when you read back through the draft, you knew that something just wasn’t right? Have you ever wished that you could someday create a book that would glue people to their chairs, stir their hearts, and forever impact their lives?
Welcome to the Writer’s Block! I, too, have on more than one occasion read back through my own attempts at story writing and thought, “Something is missing…but what?” I, too, desire to craft engaging stories that will change the lives of those who read.
You don’t have to be a professional to write a good story. You don’t have to have a college education or years of experience. You don’t even need a lot of tools—but you do need to have the right ones.
The Writer’s Block is a collection of short articles about the nuts and bolts of creative writing. Some of these I learned the easy way; others, shall we say, the not-so-easy way. During my high school years I received much valuable writing advice from various sources; I have also learned my fair share from trial and error! As a writer and a reader, I hope to assist and encourage other aspiring authors in the pursuit of their craft. None of us will ever be perfect writers; there will always be more lessons to learn, areas to grow, and techniques to try. My prayer is that the Writer’s Block will assist budding young authors in effectively forming into print the stories that the Lord has placed in their hearts.
To God be the glory; in Him alone is our inspiration.
~Kinsey M. Rockett
In case you are not familiar with the term “writer’s block,” it is a much-dreaded malady common among those who work with words, and even professionals with decades of experience are not immune. The exact cause is unknown; anecdotal evidence provides conflicting information regarding its treatment and potential cure. This terrible affliction can be defined as follows:
Inspiration is absent; ideas are on vacation; my thoughts refuse to form words; I haven’t the foggiest idea what to say next; the river of sentence flow has encountered a dam; my mind is as blank as the paper in front of me; I’m never going to make my self-set deadline; maybe this story wasn’t a good idea after all.
Or in laymen’s terms… I’m stuck.
A while back I was reading a new book, a sturdy volume of historical fiction set in the first century A.D., and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I had hoped. The plot had quite a bit of action, the details were thoroughly researched, and fiction meshed seamlessly with historical fact.
Pretty much all conflict falls into one of three categories: man vs. man, man vs. himself, and man vs. another force. Each of these categories has its own unique personality and will affect a story in its own way.
When I enthusiastically began drafting my first attempt at a full-length story, I never thought that it would turn into a painful, memorable, and invaluable lesson.
What exactly is it that makes a piece of script a story rather than merely a history or a narrative? Whether the work is true or fictional, what is it that causes the facts of this-is-what-happened-and-who-did-it come to life in a way that will engage and inspire a reader?