Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Writer Tips – What to Do When I Get Dry?


I've got blog ideas coming out the wazoo. I've had such fun investigating baseball, compiling grammar rules, and waxing rhetorical on all sorts of topics.

Trouble is, this time my ROW 80 goal doesn't include my blogs. (I've written 3,171 words on just my blogs in the last two days!) When it comes to my suspense novel, though, I'm sunburned. Entering the fourth chapter, I find I'm bogging down a bit.

Much of the excitement lies ahead and part of the excitement has past. This section has some key clues,
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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

6 thoughts on “Writer Tips – What to Do When I Get Dry?

  1. Thanks Jaleh. Talking through it with my girl really helps and the story has turned into something much more twisted than the original! Always a good thing.


  2. That sounds like an excellent use of your time and it helps your story very well. Still counts in my book. ;)Brainstorming with someone else can be very helpful. Even if they don't talk much, having someone to talk to can be easier than just talking aloud. I can't just talk to myself, too weird. But talking out an issue to my husband or one of my writing buddies works great.Good luck with your writing!


  3. My thoughts exactly. So I'm not getting my goals met this week, in the end, I will be further along with something I can actually use that if I just pushed for my stated goals and wound up with nothing but wordcounts instead of writing. Love the fact that I can adjust to fit my needs!


  4. I agree! Much better to discover what the problem is now, than write a whole first draft and then go, "oh! Blegh!"


  5. I'm beginning to figure that out, Ryan. Thanks so much for the encouragement!


  6. Sometimes we have to do exactly what you've done. Take a step back, look at what we have and figure out what's missing. Sounds like you're well on your way to adding to your ROW80 goals. Not all "writing" is actually writing. Stick with it and you'll get there.