Imagination Fail- Block Activated

Writers grow up but our imagination doesn't. It can't really. What if we have a POV character that's a horrible human being? The only way to portray them realistically is by diving into our imagination. Unless you really are a villain ;) We can't be everything but with research and a deep well of imagination, we can portray the villain as though we were one.

But is our well bottomless? I feel like I'm scraping the bottom and coming up empty. It's driving me insane. I need to develop my characters' powers more but I can't picture how their abilities work. All I see are clichés. Then, there are the new creatures I mentioned in Second Novel More Challenges. Their powers come from the same place as the other characters, they just work differently. But once again, clichés abound. For some reason, bad anime comes to mind. This has never happened before. It's more than a little frustrating.

And then the villains. I know what they want but I can't see how they're going to do it. The way the series is going, I'm thinking of adding another stronger villain but I have no idea where they came from or what they want or even if they're male or female. Then, to make things more fun, I know how I want this villain to look but, for the life of me, I can't put it into words.

 I'm a writer. I can't be at a lose for words! 

I could just pull great chunks of my hair out. There're hundreds of pieces spread before me. I don't know, yet, how they fit together. I don't even know where to begin. It's not like I can stop writing the novel to finish this puzzle. My mind keeps creating scenes. What to do, what to do? I'll probably write the novel- clichés and all- and fix it later. It's so easy to fall into the "my story is carved in stone" mindset, isn't it? Writing a novel- never a dull moment. Talk about emotional ups and downs.


  1. My advice would be to write what you can envision now and go back to fill in the gaps later. You may stumble into what you are looking for in the process. Sometimes you need to get caught up in the story before things fall into place, so do whatever you to to get there. Good luck!


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