So I’m going to start by saying that I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I know I said I’d post every day this month, but I spent all day watching the election.
But I have an article for you today!
So I’ve talked a lot about writers’ block and how to work through it, but what if you don’t really have writers’ block?
What about when you have no trouble writing except for that one scene?
That one scene that won’t come out. That one scene that you wish you could just skip, but you know you can’t.
Often times that scene is a “bridge scene”. A bridge scene being a scene that fills the gap between two integral scenes. That’s not to say that the bridge scene isn’t important too and I’m not saying that it’s just filler. Bridge scenes are equally important as the big action scenes or the epiphany moments. Bridge scenes lead to these scenes.
So how do you push through that slump?
Remind yourself where you’re trying to go. This is a bridge, and all bridges lead somewhere. Where does your bridge lead?
After you know your destination, you have to build the bridge. The only problem is that sometimes it feels like the construction crew is constantly out for lunch.
When working through a scene, I always try to figure out why I’m stuck.
This helps you work through whatever the problem happens to be. Is it because the narrative is boring? Is it because it’s an unnecessary scene? Is it because I don’t know where it’s going therefore I can’t push it in that direction?
Ask yourself these questions and you have an answer on how to fix it. You must identify the issue before you can try to solve it.
Boring narrative? Figure out a way to make it sound more interesting and exciting. Whether that be adding in more emotion, or even talking it through with someone else to make it sound more natural.
Unnecessary scene? A lot of times people get blocked because they’re trying to write a scene that doesn’t really matter. Move on to a different scene.
Don’t know where it’s going? There you go. Plan it out more.
So I think the best answer is a question. Why are you stuck?
Hope this helps and sorry I missed yesterday!
Thanks for reading,
Julia E. Flowers