I've found myself in a strange place in the last two weeks or so of struggling to find the beginning of scenes. For some reason, and I can't explain it as I've always been clear on this in the past, I have had the urge to do setups for upcoming scenes. I know two characters have to get together and discuss something and instead of just putting them together in that scene I wrote a paragraph that set up the scene, realized it needed another paragraph to advance it, and then another one, and suddenly, I was 300 words into the setup and the scene hadn't started.What all this finally (and God do I hope finally!) made me realize is that if it's boring to write, chances are it's boring to read. Thank you! I'll be here all week. G'night!
Well, you know, I write that way quite a lot myself. I could spend hundreds of words setting up a scene where it's just two people having a conversation. And I don't doubt that it's probably more interesting to me than the rest of the world.But if I'm honest...it doesn't actually bother me. Sometimes I'd rather write description than dialogue.
Nods. I think there is a necessary evil where you have to get your reader to the story. Sometimes it's hard to know when the evil needs to be trimmed. :)
I can't count the number of scenes I trashed and restarted in the last two weeks. I think my concentration is for shite right now. :P Going back to bed sounds like the best idea of all.
Hi! I've been reading ds_workshop (for Due South writers) thanks to a link at metafandom and saw that this year they've started to go with a format wherein people ask writing questions, and then someone volunteers to answer it. (It's answered by a posted essay that hopefully sparks even more discussion.)I thought it might be a useful format for getting discussion going here again, but I didn't want to jump in without your permission.