I'm also going to be doing more of an effort to work on my current project (working title is The Spirit Cave--it's about Lascaux--but I'm not crazy about it. It's better than my husband's working title for it, though: The Adventures of Ook-Ook the Magic Caveman). I don't know if my initial goal of 2000 words a week is ever going to happen again, but I can at least shoot for 1500.
I love The Adventures of Ook-Ook the Magic Caveman...but I can see how that might be a less than idea final title.
;-) The Spirit Cave does sound cool.
Not me! I didn't finish an outline in time.
Ah...outlines. I admire them...can't write from them, but I think they are such a nice idea.
Hope you eventually get an outline into shape for whatever you are looking forward to doing.
My stories die in the middle unless I am very firm about their letting me know how they end, and how they get there. I've got several going, but I know better than to try to rush one for NaNoWriMo.
It's funny how different writers are. I used to love writing outlines years ago...but I've never successfully written one--in the first half of a novel--and been able to continue the book.
Once I'm nearing the later part of the book, I can outline what needs to go there to finish it.
November first, I sat in front of the computer for two to three hours with a blank Word file open in front of me with the heading "NaNoWriMo 2012", and a couple lines down "1 November". I tried repeatedly to write something. Anything. But every time I raised my fingers to the keyboard, there was nothing.
I couldn't type a first letter, much less a first word or first sentence.
The second day, I did the same thing and only managed to type about 800 words on how I didn't seem to be able to write. I have been utterly unable to come up with anything: no characters, no setting, no plot, no theme—not even a genre.
Normally, in true panster style, I can at least pound out pages of nonsense until I find out where the words want to take me. It hasn't work this time, and nothing I've tried has brought forth anything from the well.
It's damnably depressing.
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Have you tried praying before you start? Sometimes helps.
Otherwise, my only advice would be take a bunch of words, throw them in a hat, pull out two, write a story about that. Sometimes works to get the ideas flowing.
You know like: 'skunk' and 'eyebrow surfer' or 'pickle' and 'steamroller.'
I've considered actually trying to start writing the space opera which has been percolating in my brain for the last... oh... 15 years.