***PSA - I know I've been a bit of a Debbie Downer with the whole Trying to Get Published thing. I don't like it either. Accept my apology, sweet readers? I'm going to try my darndest to blog most about what makes me most happy - actual writing.
Maybe some good karma will flow from my outbox along with my queries. Now, on with the post.***
So. Let's say you're having a bad writing day.
We all have 'em.
Maybe you've just discovered a plot hole you just can't figure out how to fill.
Maybe your dialogue sounds wooden no matter what you do.
Maybe you can't, for the life of you, find this character's voice.
What do you do?
Well, conventional wisdom would tell you to fill out a character worksheet.
Or do some freewriting. Or maybe outline a little more, or brainstorm with CPs.
That's all well and good, but most writers I know?
They write a kissing scene.
(Or something a little more...intense. You know what I mean.)
As we've all heard me whine, I've consistently hit one stumbling block with Chrome - not hearing the main character's voice.
In fact, as I was whining to one of my saintly, patient CPs, I was only hearing Havah's voice when she was with (and, um, with) her boyfriend.
So I wrote those scenes. (And some Scenes, too.)
And I loved writing them.
And I loved the characters.
And I felt joy in working on the story.
I realized why:
I "heard" Havah so well when she was with her boyfriend because that's when she is most open, most vulnerable.
That's when her soul is most laid bare.
She doesn't have any defenses up, she's not putting on any masks.
She's not trying to be someone she's not.
It's at those times when she's most honest with herself.
And THAT'S WHY it's at those times when I can hear her most clearly.
And then I remembered.
For all my sugar-coated memories about how easy it was to come by Merrin's voice in ONE....
it's probably because the very first scene I ever wrote from that book was when she and her boyfriend fly, and then make out in a cornfield.
If you have writer's block? Maybe you should write a Scene.
And maybe it doesn't mean you're just a dirty mind masquerading as a writer.
(Not all the time, anyway.)
Okay, sweet readers of a writerly-persuasion, fess up - do you love writing Scenes? (you know the ones I mean.) Do you make such elaborate excuses for yourselves?