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.

Write your way out of the sh*t pile

It has been said by many writers and would-be writers that someone else already wrote your story. You might be right. Maybe it has. But here’s the kicker: it wasn’t written by you, using your perspective. Your perspective is fresh and unique and it’s yours. Go for it and write it down. Get the story out of your head. 

If you’re afraid to write it, that it won’t be perfect, that what makes you a writer, and that you don’t know where to start. Every writer has these fears. The first word of advice is “just write it.”

Take the leap and write!
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Morning meditation for your writing

This morning, I sat on my front deck to meditate. Since the spring here is still rather cool, I took my favorite multi-colored striped blanket to wrap around my legs. Refreshing cool air washed across my face. A light rain trickled off the roof, pattered on the lake, and dripped from tree branches.

As I focused my breath, I saw loons, ducks, tree sparrows, and a kingfisher winging their way across the water. When I closed my eyes and listened carefully, I heard robins, sparrows, chickadees, finches, woodpeckers, flickers, blue jays, crows, and even a rooster crowing somewhere across the lake.

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