OK, so the title of this blog isn’t completely accurate. Some scenes are more fun to read (and write) than others. For me, that’s because those are the scenes where something happens that changes the main character in some way. Maybe it’s when the mc has a realization. Maybe it’s when the course of their life changes. Maybe it’s when they fall in love. You get the idea. All books have those scenes where the mc makes decisions, changes course, or matures. I love those scenes. They are the ones that make me want to read on.
And then there are all the other scenes. They are just as important to the entire book. Without those, the mc would go from “I hate all women” to “I’m in love” without any explanation. How they got there and all the little details that played a part are important.
Why am I writing about this today? Because the first kinds of scene are the ones I have entirely mapped out in my head before I even type one word. I know where the characters want to go and I get them there. I see the momentous changes, I know what I want to happen, I know how I want the characters to react. These scenes are the easiest for me to write.
The second kind of scene is much more difficult. Every scene still needs to move the story forward, while at the same time developing character, conflict, and buildup. Sometimes this is so hard. Especially if you want the story to be believable and not contrived. Getting the reluctant hero in the story to step up involves a lot of little things. Those things need to be interesting. They’re also the scenes where I tend to get writers’ block and slow down, procrastinating over and over again.
Anyone else have the same problem?