Roadblock?


This is a short & free-flowing entry. Please forgive the lack of coherence.

I was getting some writing done the other day and hit a roadblock, which can be annoying when dealing with the ‘universe’ of a book. I was working on chapter 7 when I stopped mid-sentence. I realized that something that is very important to my book was never hashed out in my outlining. More specifically, it is a piece of machinery that I never came up with a shape or design for. I just had a simple idea in my head and never hashed it out. So now I am at a roadblock until I can describe this thing. I really can’t make a place-holder either due to the mechanics being interlaced within the story. It seems I need to get this thing figured out so I can continue.

I did pull out a piece of paper and tried to sketch it out but I suck at drawing and my first ‘design’ doesn’t look like how I want this thing to go. My new goal is to figure this whole thing out and get the logistics working as quick as possible.

Don’t you just hate roadblocks?!?!

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  1. Yep! Usually they will send me off in another direction I never thought of before. 🙂

  2. Yes! I do hate them. I’ve come to one, too, though it’s not anything major, just something I have to figure out. It’s just that, even though I could move ahead and write later scenes, I feel like I’m cheating by not getting over this hurdle first. Argh!

  3. Oh gosh, yes. I hit one with my MC’s workplace. I knew how it needed to work, and kind of how I wanted it to look, maybe like that floor on the stock market. I would do good until I had to figure out a new aspect of the building, and then I had to stop, plan it all out, write a little bit to see if it worked, go back and plan some more. The good news is that now I know everything you ever could about the building :p

    Good luck with your machine!

  4. I haven’t had too many that have stopped me cold, but I know that feeling of oh crap, what now? Good luck!

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