I don’t really have the blues but I have been a little bummed lately.
Why you ask?
This is not a case of the Doubt Monster getting to me.I’m not doubting my talent. At this point I know I’m a good writer. I know I can write a good book but my problem is that I haven’t been writing very much this month.
In an average week I write between 7,000-10,000 words. In the past three weeks I’ve written maybe 1,000. For me that’s a huge deal. I want to blame it on exhaustion. The start of a new school year is rough on kids and teachers alike. I come home every night barely able to function but that has never stopped me before. I would sit down every night and get my thousand words done regardless of how bad they were and the next day I would fix them. I still kept moving forward.
That’s not happening now. I’ve deleted the same scene three times. The bright side to this is that I know why I keep getting rid of it. The scenes were pointless. Well written, probably some of the best prose I’ve ever written but completely and utterly pointless.
When you’re writing a book there are no throw away scenes. Every scene needs a point or a goal. Something about it that moves the action forward. Yes, you need to build characterization if you are writing romance. Yes, you need butt kicking action if you are writing Urban Fantasy but even then it needs to have a point. Make sense?
The reason I having such a problem is that it’s the scene just after the big turning point in my novel and I can’t seem to mesh all their feelings and all the action that needs to be there in order to move the scene forward. I end up blabbing on for a thousand words about something I can get across in a hundred. It’s not easy though.
Some people might advise me to move on, to take a break from it to come back to it later but that is just not how I work.Especially in this case because this scene sets up how my hero and heroine relate to each other throughout the rest of the book. I want to take the next step forward in my writing. I don’t just want to write and OKAY book.
So today I’m seeking advice? Where do you turn to when you think your writing needs a boost?