Wednesday, August 8
Changing the Scene
Yes, I'm not feeling the pain. Let's move on before I really get going.
So, when I'm feeling stuck...or a plot point isn't working the way I want...or a character is giving me fits...Yeah, I have a lot of those moments. Ask Liz or D'Ann or Margie or Shawn and they'll tell you.
One of my tried-and-true methods is to change the scene I'm in. And I don't mean just the writerly scene, I mean my entire scene. Now, I can't fly to Mexico at the drop of a hat, more's the pity, but I can go for a walk, swim until I drop, go shopping or out to lunch with my girls or...you get the drift.
As I was picking out fabric and making the cuts the swatches of red and strips of blue, I was focused on cutting exact measurements. As I sewed it all together, I concentrated on stitching 'in the ditch...you get the picture. But all that concentration leaves my subconscious free to think about other things.
Like my characters. Like the plot point that isn't working. Like the fact that I liked my hero much more before I started writing him...that kind of thing. So while I'm changing my scene, my subconscious is still there, working through it. Usually by the end of a project, I have the answers I need. I've figured out where the plot went wrong, how to redeem my hero, how to make my heroine actually likeable. It works for me.
What about you? Do you have a process for working out the kinks in your books?