I’m stuck. It’s not writer’s block so much as writer’s pause or writer’s stumble.
I’m contemplating writing a scene that seems self-indulgent. Since I’m contemplating it, I’m guessing it’s not that important, so I should probably cut it. And since I claim it’s self-indulgent, there really shouldn’t be a question, right?
If I follow Copyblogger’s Rule #22 to being a better writer, I’d cut 10% of everything I write anyway, so this scene would be probably be chopped out in the end anyway.
And since I’m supposed to be in the editing phase, why am I trying to create new scenes? Is this a new form of procrastination? Instead of watching TV so I don’t have to finish a story, I’m writing so I don’t have to finish editing?
No, it’s because I’m bad with transitions in time. I want my characters to do something to fill their days, to fill the time between the times they’re doing something that’s note worthy no matter if that time is hours or weeks. Even if the time-filler is just running around a track. I’ve even been brainstorming ideas that would make the scene more interesting: have a cop kick Julia out, more visions of her dead father… Brainstorming why it’s important: to further confirm that Julia really is a runner, to have the cop recognize her last name and be sympathetic and thus showing the small towniness of Lexington…all of which can be shown in other ways at different times.
So, what are the best time transitions you’ve come across in writing or reading?