Like all performers, writers get stage fright -- but we call it “page” fright.
Page fright often happens when you’re writing something you haven’t written before. Here’s how to cure it:
* Find a model for the writing. A model is a template. Let’s say you’re writing a mystery novel. You would go out and find some models: read six mysteries, and outline one (the one that will be most like your novel) to see how it’s structured;
* Rehearse. Do lots of pre-writing work, like clustering and free writing to build up the raw material for your mystery novel, or whatever it is that you’re writing. The rehearsal phase can include rough drafts (I call them flash drafts) -- all the dialogue in a chapter for example, or all the settings, or character journals for all the main characters.
Modeling and rehearsing help you to write ANYTHING. Don’t skimp on the rehearsal phase. It’s a lot of fun, and low pressure.
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