Fortunately, I haven’t got writers block but I’ve hit a bit of a problem with my book. I have had a couple of friends who are also writers read it. They gave me some very useful, if conflicting advice.
My book is finished, sort of. It starts fairly well, it has twists that I hope are unexpected. A plot that concludes but also a few other plot lines that will carry on in the series. However it’s definitely lacking something. The main character needs fleshing out a little bit and possibly a few more sub plots to help that. I already have a lot of characters so better not introduce anymore so I need to work with the ones I have got. There is part of the story near the end where he is in a magic school. I know there is quite a bit of scope to develop that but so far I’ve have kept it as a minor part as I don’t want the book to be unfavourable compared to Harry Potter. This will be the only time in the series that the school features.
Normally when I get stuck I just think about it for a few weeks and an answer presents itself. But this time nothing.
When writing my second book (also not finished) I was stuck and asked oldest step son for an idea. Surprisingly he gave me a very good one, although he meant it as a joke. This time I asked him, nothing.
I’m currently reading through and making editing notes. If I don’t get an idea soon I will have to bite the bullet and write more about the school. I might have to introduce a red head boy with a large family and a clever but bossy girl as his friends…..
This writing a book malarkey is a lot harder than it looks.