Well there’s a blog title for you. Stuck in the middle of what ? Is it dinner ? Is it a queue at Tesco ? Actually, I’m talking about my latest foray into writing. This is my third attempt at a short story, and I’m stuck. I have the basic outline of what the story is, and have got the start and the middle and the end. I have also got from the start to the middle, but I am struggling with how to get from the middle to the end. I think, I need to print out what I have got so far, then try and expand on that first. The ‘start to middle’ bit could be a bit more descriptive. I don’t just want padding though, it has got to fit right. I also think I need to develop the characters more. That was something that was missing from the last attempt. What I should do, and I haven’t done so far, is write a very brief synopsis first. Then decide on the people who appear in the story. After that, I think I should build a small biography for each character. Identify their traits and characteristics, and create a personality for each one. I could eventually end up with portfolio of persona, to work with in the future. Hmmm… maybe I should create the characters first, and see how they fit into the story idea!!! It is so difficult to really get started. I have ideas bubbling around in my head, but I am not getting them into any order. I need to think this through a lot more, and start writing things down, instead of keeping them in my head. First job then is to get one of those journalists note pads,and keep it handy. Then I can write down everything I think of, that may be useful. I often hear people say things which sound interesting or funny, but then can never remember them.
If anyone has any ideas, then shout out. I need all the help I can get.