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Boring To Write...
by Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
at January 24th, 2007 (11:02 pm)

current location: the basement office
current mood: amused
Soundtrack: Caitlin Cary: Fireworks

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!


Posted by: Jen (jazzfic)
Posted at: January 25th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
mal wash zoe out of gas

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.

Posted by: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: January 25th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)

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. :)

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Posted by: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: January 25th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)

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.

Posted by: Liss (inalasahl)
Posted at: March 21st, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
plot bunny

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.

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