Tuesday, March 10, 2009


What do you do when you get stuck on a scene? I've been stuck for two days now. I try to write and it just comes out worthless and boring and I hate it. I need to get through this scene, and I know I can go back and fix it later, but does anyone else have this problem?

I'm sure the answer is yes.

So, what to do? Push through it? Skip it and come back to it at a more inspired time? Work on something completely new?

And another question... What's more important to you: Editing a finished manuscript (well, first draft) or working on something new?

Now I have to go to work. Why can't I be independently wealthy and be able to stay home... the one with my own office and the maid service to do the dishes, that is.

Everyone have a wonderful day!


Marianne Arkins said...

On a first draft? I'll usually skip it -- I'll write a quick summary of what has to happen and then move on. I did this in one of my stories because I wasn't sure what kind of seats a particular auditorium had and it was important since my hero has to run through them. So, I wrote what had to happen and kept on going. You can fill it in later.

My .02 FWIW

Keri Mikulski said...

I agree with Marianne.

First draft - skip it, push through to the next scene, think about it, then go back and revise.

Depends on who is waiting for the ms. If it's something hot and my agent wants it or if I'm feeling the project, I work hard to get it down. But, if it's a project I'm playing with, I might stop and work on something new.

Me too - the wealthy and maid service! ;) Maybe some day. :)