Sunday, February 19, 2012

Scene history 101

Here's a day in the life of a scene in my WIP - or maybe more like a week in the life:

1. Wrote the scene.
2. Got stuck on following scene
3. Went back and read the scene.
4. Hated the scene.
5. Edited the scene.
6. Read it again, still hated it.
7. Copied and pasted the scene into a document called "DELETED SCENES".
8. Deleted scene from draft.
9. Started new scene.
10. Got one sentence written.
11. Gave up on scene, took afternoon off.
12. Reread scene from DELETED SCENES.
13. Decided it really wasn't so bad.
14. Copied and pasted scene back into draft.
15. Went on and wrote following scene.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The mire

I'm mired in my current novella at the moment. Stuck in the middle, not moving forward. I know where I want to go and how I want to end up - but I've come to a spot that needs a bridge and I'm not sure how to build the bridge.

With another three-day weekend coming up, maybe I'll have some uninterrupted time to work this problem out.

What do you do when you're stuck in the middle?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Do you ever wonder...

If the situations you create in your stories will seem too far-fetched for readers? The funny thing is, the weirdest things I've written are based on real happenings. They say truth is stranger than fiction, but do readers really believe that?