For the past few weeks I have been slowly working on a new novel. I actually started developing the idea while I was hard at work writing The Trinity. Currently titled Neverland Academy, it’s a contemporary YA adaptation of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, set in an all-boys prep school. It holds on to some important elements of the original book, but my version is a new twist that adds some dimension to the characters and plot. It is also not a fantasy. I’ve eliminated the fairies and pixie dust and added some more realistic concepts along with a darker storyline. I’m actually very excited about writing it.
That said, I’ve hit a slump. While writing Fall of Venus and both of its sequels I always seemed to hit a roadblock somewhere around 20k words. It was tough to write my way out of it, but somehow I managed to find the willpower to do it. The problem now is I’ve had a lot of distractions over the past month and right now I’m only at 10k. Barely even a fraction into the book. If I force myself out of this slump will I reach another one at 20k? 30k? Let’s hope not.
The chapter I am currently writing is conceptually crucial to the novel. However, the details themselves aren’t quite as paramount. That’s wherein lies the problem. I need to dream up the perfect details to bring the necessary concept to life.
Writer’s block sucks.
So here I am writing a blog post instead of writing my book. I think today will be reserved for some serious brainstorming. Daydreaming is still counts as progress, right?
Any other writers out there with this problem? How do you solve your writer’s block?