|Some days are better than others...|
The days when I can see all the way to the mountains are great driving days. My commute is beautiful and easy. However, when I'm in my car with a white knuckled grip on the steering wheel, I have to decide either to forge ahead or go back and hope the weather gods play nice later.
In some ways, my writing process is a bit like this.
Earlier this week I wrote a blog post on how I am a little bit pantser, plotter and quilter when I write my novel as a whole, but I think I'm also a little bit pantser, plotter and quilter when I write scenes too.
There are some scenes I write that I know exactly how they will work before I start typing - I know the point of view, the setting, bits of the dialogue, the action and what will happen next.
But it isn't always like that.
There are times when I sit down to write and only have a vague understanding of where I want to be at the end of the scene (hopefully), but I have no idea what it is going to look like on the way to that point. I start typing, and sometimes the fog clears away quickly, but sometimes it just keeps hanging on. There are times when I write a sentence or two, then stop and hit return a few times then write a completely different paragraph or a variation of the previous.
I figure this is just a form of writer's block.
What I find helps me is to realize that I just need to have something on the page, and not to worry too much about finding exactly the right word, mood, point of view, dialogue, etc. I can modify, edit and tweak a page of text, but I can't fix a blank page. So, I've learned to just keep plugging away, and I am usually pleasantly surprised at how it turns out.
Do you ever start writing a scene in the fog? Or do you need to see all the way to the destination before you begin?