I knew "the story" long before I wrote my official first sentence, but that didn't make it any easier to get it out of my head. I frequently hit a wall, especially with my character, Nora. Ironically, she and her behaviors/emotions are most similar to myself.
Luckily, with Scrivener (and its drag and drop organization tools), I could take notes on a scene and move on until I was in a better state of mind. I stalled out so many times because I could not get a scene right. Sometimes, I'd have the scene virtually complete, except for the little nuances to make it pop. But most of the trouble spots remained just that... Trouble. I'd write brief notes on what needed to be accomplished and let it go. Scrivener made it easy to view select scenes, so I could print out only the notes or incomplete scenes that stumped me. (Then I could dwell on the scene and drive myself crazy.)
First, and foremost, it got me moving. The miles I trekked around a local nature preserve got the blood flowing, which got my creative brain waves churning out ideas for new scenes and past road blocks in other scenes. And THAT is how I finally finished my first draft!
Amazing how a little exercise can benefit you in so many more ways than just the obvious!.
These virtual races/challenges (ranging from 5k up to a 2,017 mile challenge) sparked my interest in live races. So now, with a bunch of 5k medals hanging on my wall, I've upped the ante. Half marathon, baby! Ok, so I've registered for TWO of them. And now that the spark for my first novel is flickering, I've run into a snafu... I can't edit while I'm running....
But I can't let my beloved Pitchfork Tattoo collect even more dust so I've pulled out my colored pens and hit the book. I can train to run 13.1 miles later! I've got plenty of time. 😏