I'm currently sitting in my classroom, repeatedly saying "Write", "Talk less write more", and "Focus". This is pretty standard as we are turning the corner to the last quarter of the school year and the weather is changing and people are thinking about when they won't have a classroom to go to anymore.
But they are also the things that I have to say to myself. I just spent the last week working through the start of a scene (yes, a week on one scene. Told you it was going slow). It was the starting of a chapter that wasn't grounded in how the last chapter ended, which was a problem. I had to figure out how the transition would work and why it was a natural transition, which I couldn't do when I was drafting so I just skipped it.
Let me tell you, staying focused on that one little part was a pain in the butt. I was distracted by everything. I even picked folding clothes over writing. Yup, things were bad.
But as soon as I told myself this had to get done, that enough was enough, slowly, the ideas started dropping.
I have had several people say this is the busiest time of the year for them, but the simple truth is we have to keep at it because trying to come back from a week or two break from writing is hard. So I'm offering you the same challenge I have given myself. Go to that part that you keep skipping over and just write something. Tweak and delete and rewrite and repeat and repeat and repeat until the scene starts to unfold.
Your writing deserves it.
What do you do to work through the scenes that don't want to come? Are you further ahead on your writing this week than last? Did you, like me, feel the effects of Daylight Savings before it even showed up?