Difficult Scenes

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I hear this, I believe it, but I’m not doing it. It’s not that I don’t want to be doing it… Okay, that’s a lie. When the going gets tough, I want to play games and surf the internet.

Right now things are tough. In real life and in my writing life. These days it’s games, games, and more games. I’ve even moved to internet games which I used to do my best to stay away from.

I sat myself down, got back to writing, and pounded through the wall I had hit back in February. There are certain scenes I find supremely difficult to write.

  • In between scenes
  • Conversations

For some reason I decided my Norse mythology ms would be driven by conversations. What on earth was I thinking?? I mean, so far it feels right that I do this and I believe it’s aiding character development (I hope), but it’s super difficult. I’m a talkative person but not much of what I say is interesting because I am a boring person. I have my moments of course but, essentially, I believe I’m boring. In fact, if you meet me in person (unless you’re my parents), you’ll see that I’m super quiet because I don’t want to bore you to death. That and I’m gauging what kind of a person I’m dealing with so I know what I should and should not say.

As for writing witty conversations when I’m not a witty person…HA! Here’s hoping I don’t bomb the whole thing!

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I think the trick with in between or filler scenes is to either make them interesting or make them important so that there are no filler scenes. This was supremely difficult in Night’s Treasure and I’m not entirely sure I managed it. I think I did but as I have yet to find an agent for it… *cough*

I’m doing my best to make every scene interesting and important to the overall storyline and flow of the story. Since February this scene was not coming. At first I would sit at the computer day after day trying to write without much success. Then it all sort of drifted off. After being inspired to capture that elusive title (still no luck though I’m closer than before), the scene came rather easily and less than 2 hours later I was done with it.

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Yay! Now to continue with the rest of the book. Good grief. And I’ve just barely passed the 10k mark. Out of 90k? Ugh. And all my head wants to do lately is play games and think about my old horror ms. Helpful. Really helpful.

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About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming a world-famous writer. I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a stay-at-home mom, a writer, and a POP Pilates instructor. I didn't think I'd succeed at that last one but I did it! I confronted my fears, dealt with things I didn't want to deal with, and completed the training! POP Pilates classes are coming soon to mid-Nebraska!
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3 Responses to Difficult Scenes

  1. ShadowDancer says:

    Right there with ya. I can’t even get my head out of games long enough to edit a novella that’s already 100% written. I feel SO lazy. Which of course doesn’t help…

    But yay for breaking through the wall!

    • Is that what’s happened to your Eternals series? I’ve been wondering when the 5th installment would come out…

      • ShadowDancer says:

        Sort of. We got REALLY sick for about a month, and then I finished it. And then I was so sick of seeing it that I refused to do anything with it for a while. And then I asked the husband to read it for me and tell me how badly it sucked. Which took several weeks, ’cause he’s not a reader. He assures me it doesn’t suck at all, that there are only a couple spots that need cleaning up for clarity or pacing…but I still dun wanna. I really need to, though, so I can get it done before I shift to packing/moving mode…bleh.

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