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Feb. 8th, 2009

Worked on Chapter 16 of Heritage.  I didn't get much done.  I wrote about 200 words of things that might go in somewhere.  I thought a lot, fielded three long phone calls, made a list of scenes I could write, decided I didn't want to write any of them, kept checking my f-list, and posted a lot of comments to other people's journals.

I keep feeling like there's an insight I'm striving for, that will tell me how to bridge the gap and get from where I am to where I want to go.  Some plausible narrative that will move my characters into the positions I've been waiting for.  Last week I asked for help and thought for about fifteen minutes that I had cracked it.  But I went to bed and when I returned to the page, later, nothing flowed.

I'm sure the answer is to keep writing.  Write those scenes I didn't want to write.  For the issues I haven't settled, write them one way, then write them the other way.  Funny how this is only clear when I have to pack up and go to bed.

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irishaithne
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
It's difficult to write when you know where you want to go, just not how to get there. Lately my attempts to write end up in little drabbles instead of what I sit down to work on.

I'm sure it will come to you :)
np_complete
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will come to you

It's coming very slowly, that's for sure. But thanks for the encouragement!
earlgreytea68
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Write the scene as many different ways as you can think. Eventually, the characters will work it out.
np_complete
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
That sounds like good advice. Thanks!
kalleah
Feb. 10th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
It's good to have a start -- you may not want to write some scenes, but if you know what they are, you can start thinking about what they will be like. What will the setting be? What concerns/reactions will character X have? What are consequences of the actions? etc.
np_complete
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
It's good to have a start -- you may not want to write some scenes, but if you know what they are, you can start thinking about what they will be like.

That's very true. And I keep reminding myself that just because I write a scene, it doesn't mean I'm committing to it happening.

Thanks for the advice!
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