I’ve decided to write my novel in a completely different way than I have ever done it before. Instead of plotting out the entire story, and making an outline of each and every scene, I have made a list of scenes that doesn’t include every single scene in the story. It’s more or less a random assortment of ideas that are in a vague order. What I’m going to do is write each scene, then when all the scenes are written, go back and rearrange the scenes and write transition paragraphs… or do whatever is necessary to help the story’s scenes flow together. In other words, I’m going to play “connect the dots” with my story.
It’s always fun to experiment with writing, and it breaks you out of the monotony of only writing a novel one way. I’ve played with the idea of writing the last scene first and going in reverse order, until I write the beginning scene last. Last year for Script Frenzy, I wrote a screenplay just to see if I’d like it as much as I like writing novels. I didn’t – and I can honestly say I will never write a screenplay again, but it was a neat experiment to try.
So if you’re feeling a bit of writer’s block, try something new. Do an experiment. If you normally write in first person, write in third. If you normally write in the POV of a female character, try writing from the POV of a male. The possibilities are endless, and you never know when you might find a way of writing that you never thought you’d like.