So, I totally came up with my own tip for writers. That's right. It is something that I do, that I did not read anywhere else. Now, I am SURE that someone can point out to me where this is written, and how I shouldn’t brag, and I’m not a genius. Welp, they might be right about it being written somewhere else, BUT they are not right about me not being a genius. Genius!
Here's the scoopidy doop (which phrase I also made up, but that is not my tip):
I make a Word Doc dedicated to questions that I have about my stories. I am generally a discovery writer, and sometimes as I’m writing a scene, I start to wonder about someone’s background. Sometimes I think a side character is flat and I’m wondering what their deeper goals are. Sometimes I can’t figure out what my world is like, in some particular or another. But while I'm in the middle of writing something FABULOUS, I don't want to stop and take the time to think about the answers to these questions- so I write them in my Question Doc.
I ask questions like this:
Why was he on the road?
Why couldn’t he stop them from capturing him?
Why hasn’t he contacted his family?
How far is it from the inn to the castle? (Distance and time.)
This allows me to keep writing the scene I’m writing (which doesn’t happen to need to answer these questions) but I have record of some things that I would like answered. Sometimes as I’m writing a scene I start to question deeper motivation but can’t dwell on it and pump out the scene that needs at least a skeleton. So I make a note to myself in the Questions Doc and resume writing. Then when I feel like story developing, I open the QDoc and start answering questions.
I’m not sure how clearly I explained that, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I recommend trying it out. It works for me. It just might work for you.