See — I know this. I know my process, myself. And yet — sometimes I forget, or don’t see it. Hence the subject line.
On Thursday, I was having a few problems with the section I was typing up. I’d originally written it with the main character interacting with a second character because that would be cool. However, I realized later that it didn’t make sense — the main character needed to be interacting with character Y instead of character X. While I was typing I rewrote most of that portion of the chapter to use him instead of her. It didn’t have the same emotional impact, but it made more logical sense.
You can see this coming, right?
I was tired on Thursday. I couldn’t make myself go on and write more. I couldn’t even finish typing up that scene. I wasn’t bored, but something wasn’t right. I wasn’t excited about this scene at all.
However, instead of blaming tiredness for my lack of concentration, or the long day, or the people talking around me, or the 10 billion other things that I could use as excuses, I should have looked at what I was writing. The problem wasn’t me, truly, it wasn’t. It was the material.
This morning I came to the realization that it didn’t have to be an either-or. I could have both characters interacting at the same time with the main character.
And everything clicked into place. My excitement came back, I had to just sit down and finish this chapter. It’s all good. And it didn’t take me long to finish, either. Once, you know, I started writing the scene the correct way.
Again — I know these things about me, about my process. If I’m ever feeling blocked, really, I need to take a step back and look at the writing. 99% of the time, that’s the problem.
And just because I can, and I’ve finished chapter four and will move onto chapter five next week — the word count so far:
19,533 / 100,000