About 10,000 words written in the book, I'm out of creativity to write the rest. If I were to write the last chapters, I would write without concern, but the medium is "cloudy" What to do?

what I find strange, is that for another book I have ideas, I have the characters all described, but for the current one I don't know how to write the medium

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    Also related, possibly duplicate: writing.stackexchange.com/q/2100/23927
    – F1Krazy
    Jan 26, 2021 at 19:32
  • See also Chandler's Law.
    – Kevin
    Jan 26, 2021 at 21:31
  • what I find strange, is that for another book I have ideas, I have the characters all described, but for the current one I don't know how to write the medium.
    – Whiskey
    Jan 27, 2021 at 10:03

2 Answers 2

  1. Sounds like you have burnt out or are coming near, rest, step a way for a time a week a month don't do years if you can help it but you need to refresh yourself. Watch movies, read other books for pleasure, look into history you don't know well at all. Breaking can allow you some space between the work. You could take up another smaller project then check back in with the core work to see if you've gotten something new.

  2. Think of when you first made the work if you imagined the ending what was it that made you go "Oh Yes I want to write that!"

  3. You could thought dump. Open a word document write whatever no matter how insane or let your characters speak how they'd end it for you. Nothing is wrong or off or out of move in this format.

  4. You could free write with no context, free of project constraints, a plot what plot if you will. Toss your characters into a situation. What situation? That's up to you or you can random plot generate it and make them undertake what is spat out regardless of what time period or non earth world you have them in. To just get a revive mentally for them.

  5. What was your ideal ending? Are you stopping because your written material no longer fits that ideal? Try re-reading your material what is the logical path/conclusion/adding up of the core beats should lead to now? Maybe it's you can't see the path forward with all those trees. Refined it at least on core beats if not looking at the whole works.

  6. You can talk to people about what you've written and ask them to make up the ending this will involve hours though or you could both co-hash out some scenarios based on core beats only. You have to pick someone open to listen to a lot of made up things if you are writing fiction but if they're open to that you seeing their minds working and eyes lighting up as they play with the material with you is awesome you might get lost just following their flow rather then tying your material down by the origin standards you made.

  • Does your writing philosophy necessitate that you have an ending in mind when you start?
    – Weckar E.
    Jan 27, 2021 at 17:10
  • @ Wecker, no if you had one that's good you can try the go backwards method or you can at least look at your characters and see how would they using their background, tension points, talents, ect that applies that would get them there.
    – Mio
    Jan 27, 2021 at 23:33

What do you do when you are out of breath after a run?

Edit: The purpose of this question is to get you to adapt strategies or actions you perform after the experience of exhaustion in exercise to burnout from writing. The thing is many writers come to this point without a strategy, then the result of it is a period of rest longer than desired. It’s important to have a set of steps when you run into a road block in order to work through an inevitable moment of inactivity with writing.

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    @bvcolic while I think I see what you're aiming at here we do expect answers to provide more detail and some explanation as to why you feel this answers the question. Jan 27, 2021 at 10:43
  • @motosubatsu this is a response with the purpose of promoting the writer to adapt this situation to his and critically think. I think this method can—such as this question here—can be far more useful than just giving answers.
    – bvcolic
    Jan 27, 2021 at 16:36
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    Then at least say that's what you are proposing. Answering a question with another is for Sphinxes, Rabbis and Q.
    – Weckar E.
    Jan 27, 2021 at 17:46
  • @WeckarE. Ah, I see. I will edit it later.
    – bvcolic
    Jan 27, 2021 at 17:48

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