What do you do when your story is “stuck” ?

June 16, 2009 at 11:58 am 2 comments

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A student asked: I have a great idea for a short story about two best friends and one moves away. Now, I’m stuck!


Well, every good story needs a problem, so cause some trouble for your characters! 


What kind of trouble, you ask?  That depends on your characters: get to know them, then flip their world upside down!


Try these tips:

  • Ask what your characters want – do a mini character questionnaire (what are their fears?)
  • What is the worst thing that can happen to Character #1? to Character #2?
  • Keep asking “What if?”  Make 5 scenarios: What if x happened?  What if y happened? Pick the most intriguing and go with it till you get stuck again, then ask another 5 times “what if?”
  • Just write what is in your head and heart, it can all be revised later!
  • Sometimes, you need to put the story away for a day and then come back with “fresh eyes”


Happy writing!  And, if you have ideas to combat the “stuckness” of writing, please share with us.

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  • 1. Nanki  |  June 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks soooooooooooo much!!!

    • 2. writerinspired  |  June 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      You are soooo welcome, Nanki!

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