There are times during writing a novel that a writer can just become stuck at a certain point in the plot or they hit the dreaded writer’s block.
I have found myself at this stage recently. I know where I want my storyline to go, but I need a connection between where the story is now and where it needs to be in two or three chapters time.
Just when I thought this was going to take a long time to figure out, BAM, I’m stood underneath an abandoned steel footbridge that has been consumed by ivy and left to rot.
I discovered this footbridge whilst on a walk with two of my children. We where following the route of a dismantled railway line that runs through parts of the Kent countryside. The tracks are no longer there but the steep banks and tree canopy guided us through where steam engines once travelled.
The line is heavily over grown. We had just managed to crawl under a fallen tree and there we were greeted with the sight of the footbridge. It spanned across our path. The steel frame was rusting away and the wooded slates were rotting away on the ground where they had fallen.
So just a random walk in the countryside has delivered a bridge way between a major part in my novel. I can now sit and write my next two, maybe three chapters using this location as a focal point. I took plenty of photographs to keep as reference to help me describe the details. I wish I took some video footage too for my YouTube Channel. I can, of course use artist licence to exaggerate certain aspects of the location, but as a starting point, it is a perfect location.
So my point is that if you are suffering with writers block, or you just need a pinch of inspiration, don’t dispair, it could be just around the corner.