Last week, I wrote a scene. It’s an important scene that sets up several plot threads. It’s meant to be both informative and evocative. There are several people involved and all of them have high stakes in what happens in this one, pivotal scene. Nothing I’ve done “feels” right. Then the Universe dropped this into my inbox.
There’s nothing, Silver, that “thinking new thoughts” can’t solve, make happen, or improve.
Wow, sent that one just in time, huh?
And you can thank me, Silver, for thinking up Fridays.
As writers, we can’t get so focused sometimes. We need to think new thoughts. And sometimes, we need to think those thoughts outside the box. POV doesn’t work? Write the scene from a different character’s POV. There’s no emotion? Insert action that will elicite reactions–STRONG reactions–from the characters involved. Give them a reason to care what’s happening so your readers will also care. Look at things differently. Think new thoughts, yeah?
FYI, I’m still working on that scene–in my head, anyway. I’ve moved on after peppering the virtual margins with notes and ideas on how to fix but I haven’t quite nailed it down. Now, with this message from the Big U, I’m going to “think new thoughts” about that scene and work on it again. I’ll get it right. Because it’s important. Another writer might just leave it and let the chips fall where they may. I can’t do that. Sometimes, you have to poor your own blood, sweat, and tears into the words to get them right.
Oh, and yes. I’m really glad the Big U thought up Fridays. It gives Thursday something to look forward to. 😉