Options to work through “problem scenes or chapters”

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve lost focus on my novel. I’ve dabbled a little here and there doing edits and revisions. Then I came to a couple of chapters that I’m having trouble with. I start to revise and get lost in the process.

Take a break and consider your options.

I decided to rethink a few things about Kady’s desire to have a “proper” family. For me there’s too much narrative exploring Kady’s thoughts and I’m not comfortable with that. It’s not what I really want, although the gist of it is about women allowing themselves to be drawn into their men’s lives and focusing on them and not their own goals and needs.

I did read somewhere once that when this happens — when you have a scene or chapter that you get hung up on — you need to rethink them. For some reason, they’re not working for you and you need to figure out why. This is what’s happening to me.

So I’ve been letting the words stew in my mind and I came up with a few options to fix them:

  1. I can delete the chapter completely (which I don’t think I want to do)
  2. I can revise the “boring” sections into perhaps a conversation with Kady’s best friend to get two points of view on the topic.
  3. I can break up the bits and move them into other scenes or chapters.

And so, I haven’t quite made up my mind completely yet, but by the time I get back to work, I’ll have an idea of what I can do. What I’m leaning toward at this point is a combination of options 2 and 3.

Has this ever happened to you? What did you do to fix the situation and get your mind back in focus to continue your revisions?

Any advice or tips you might have to share would be most appreciated, because I’m pretty sure we all encounter this situation at one time or another.

Kady’s Mulligan — Excerpt #1: The attic

All Kady ever wanted was a proper family. Her, and her older brother Aaron’s, parents died in a car accident when she was only six. Their grandparents became their guardians, but grandfather passed away only a year later. After that, Gran withdrew and spent most of her time in her own faraway world, leaving the kids to fend for themselves.

When Gran passed away several months before the story begins, Kady took on the role as executor of her will. Aaron is overseas, so she is responsible for sorting and selling the effects of the old farmhouse. Her first foray into the attic that Gran would never allow her to visit as a child spoke volumes to the task ahead of her.

Cobwebs hide dark family mysteries.
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