Jan 18, 2010

What to write?

Well, you can start by only writing the good stuff.

Sounds pretty obvious, doesn't it? I mean, c'mon, who wants to write the bad stuff? Yet, time and time again, I read a blog post or hear a member of the Florida Writer's Association say, "I can't wait to get through this chapter so I can get to the next."

Wait a minute. If you don't want to be WRITING the chapter, then why should we want to READ it? To be honest, I've been to this point. I've found myself dragging through a scene because I think it HAS to be there to make sense.

Here's the thing...It doesn't!

I've learned that if I'm not having fun writing a scene, then I need to scrap it and find another way to convey whatever that chapter was meant to. So, my tip for the day is that if you're having a miserable time writing a scene or two, stop yourself. Check out the scene and figure out what the heck is wrong with it.

Still not convinced?

Well, what if that dull scene is the reason an interested agent stops reading?

Hmmm. Got you there, huh?

So, you tell me. Has this happened to recently? If so, what do you do about it?

P.S.--Sorry about lack of posts. I didn't have internet access for a couple days.


Kara said...

I can only write if I'm really enjoying the words as they come out. If I find that things are starting to sound forced, I stop writing and then come back to it. If I remember a spot where things started t drag, I won't try to edit it. I just delete delete delete!

Ash. Elizabeth said...

that's probably why your writing is so funny : )

next time i order ice cream i'm going to cringe as they open the machine!

V. S said...

You just opened my eyes and knocked some writing sense in me. Thanks!

Voidwalker said...

I really like this quote from you

"Wait a minute. If you don't want to be WRITING the chapter, then why should we want to READ it?"

That's soooooo true. I've had my moments where I'm saying the same thing, but I think you are right, we need to find another way to make it more enjoyable. Then again, maybe we just hype up certain moments so that everything else by comparison is boring, in which case that can be a humdinger. lol