Today I wrote a scene that actually got me choked up. It felt good to get those words down and it’s a part that is towards the end of the book, so I feel like I’ve got some direction. Many, it really was a good scene. Part of writing fiction is some wish fulfillement, and a lot of that is redemption for all the hell you put your characters through. It not only gives the reader a payoff but also the characters too.
The only bummer is now that I have some idea of what I want to do and where I want to go with this whole narrative, I can’t help but see how many more scenes I have to write. It feels like even though I have covered so much ground, I still have so much further to go. Not only final scenes with characters like this, but ways to build up to them and get the reader invested in their story. To make me like them or hate them before they take their leave from the story.
They don’t teach this in Creative Writing Class, or at least not the ones I was in. Granted I went to a State college and Creative Writing was the course that filled up quick because it was an easy A. This isn’t easy. When you read a book, you get to know characters and setting and plot and all the other tidbits. But after a while, you have to figure out things like pathos, development, voice, and somehow make it become greater than the sum of its parts. If you can fiddle around with pretty words or artistic methods you might be something that stands out. That’s what everyone is looking for, isn’t it?
Today was one scene.
It beat the hell out of me to write it too, but in a good way. Tonight, I’m going to try to chip away at it some more. Maybe start with the end of a character arc and work my way backwards. There are all sorts of ways to paint this fence. The result will always be the same, but the method seems to change from story to story. I guess it all depends on how it needs to be told.
Today I’m 2000 words in, one scene down, three coffees, one green tea, and one Writer’s Tears whiskey (it’s actually just Jamesons that I decanted into the fancier bottle. Pro Tip!).
The part that takes the most out of you isn’t the idea or the execution. It is sitting down every day to just do the work.
I hope you are getting whatever project you are working towards done. My coffee is getting cold.