Sometimes it’s a discovery from within

There are times in our project when we can’t get into our character’s emotions and it’s not the book or plot that’s blocked. Sometimes it’s us.
As writers we are often actors. We write a character’s actions and dialogue by putting ourselves in that person’s “shoes”; by playing their part.
But when our critique partners or readers offer the observation that our characters are flat, that the goals of the main character are obscured and that we are avoiding the emotions of our cast, it can be that we as authors are putting up the blocks.
When we use our own imagination for our writing, it means we have to dig deep and not shy away from uncomfortable and embarrassing emotion.
Authors writing memoirs have an even more threatening challenge in that they cannot cloak their revelations in a character because the story is about them
In order to touch our readers, it sometimes requires us to go into places, in our minds, that others dare not venture.
Sometimes we have to take the risk of some relative looking at us and wonder if we’ve considered plunging an ice pic into a teen’s eye, blowing up a charted bus of elderly gamblers or bungee jumping off a the Golden Gate bridge.
Confronting our own demons and fears are requirements for being an honest, interesting author.

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About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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