Get Me Out of Here!

When you’ve been working on a particular scene for way too long, and you just can’t seem to write your way out of it, you have a few choices:

  • Work on another scene or chapter for a while.
  • Shake things up: Change a key event in the scene, or make a character do the opposite of what you thought they were doing, or switch the dialogue around so that X says what Y said and Y says what X said.
  • Delete the scene. Go ahead. Do it. See how easy that was?
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2 thoughts on “Get Me Out of Here!

  1. Kathleen

    When I was in my MFA program, I found that when a scene wasn’t going the way I wanted I’d (without realizing it was a pattern) have the characters go outside, have a cigarette, and tell each other stories. I’m not sure what that was about. A friend of mine from college would kill off all of his characters at the end of a story because he wasn’t sure what to do with them. I guess my point is: neither of those strategies really works, long-term.

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