Getting over Writer’s Block

I’ve had writers block for a couple months. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get anywhere. Everything I wrote I trashed. Finally, a couple days ago, I realized what my problem was. If I am going to write more, I need to know more. I’m writing a cozy murder mystery. I wrote the first part and now I need to go back and add more background for each person so the reader will understand why they do what they do. I’ll do that editing later. Now I need to continue on with the story, but I haven’t been able to. How frustrating. Like all writers, I was wondering if I could write this book.

As I was going over everything in my mind, I thought about how the victim was killed. Then it dawned on me. I needed to know more about the actual murder. I can’t write anything until I know more about the actual murder. I haven’t decided who the killer is. I’ve decided it is one of two people, but I don’t know which. How the murder is done will depend on whether the killer is large, midsized, or small. The victim is bludgeoned to death. Was a baseball bat used? What about a tire iron? Was the victim given sleeping pills so she wouldn’t fight? Was she given something to make her sick so the killer could pretend to take her to the doctor to get her out of the house? The victim was dumped in a bushy area, but where was the murder committed?

When I have the answers to these questions, I’ll probably be able to decide who the killer is. I know why the two people would have killed her, if they are the killer. Knowing how is the key. That’s when I’ll be able to finish the book. I’ll be able to write again. Now that’s exciting.