Write Tip Wednesday: A Splash of Red

September 14, 2011

When romance author Leanne Banks came to the May meeting of OCCRWA, she gave us some really great tips for brainstorming to end writer’s block. Number seven on the list has kick-started a couple of my writing sessions.

“When you don’t know what to do next, throw a splash of red on the page. Be random. Go off on a tangent.”

I love this tip. Sometimes doing this will move my story in a direction that I didn’t expect. Sometimes it adds dimension to a character or scene. Sometimes it ends up in the trash bin, but if it gets me writing again it doesn’t matter.

Leanne’s 56th book was released in May, so clearly she knows what works. Next time you find yourself blocked, try throwing a splash of red on the page and see what happens.


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