Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Joy of Writing

The words flowed today and I'm happy!

I had been struggling with my WIP. It wasn't because I wasn't enjoying the story. Far from it. It was more like I wanted to make sure I got it right before I went any further.

Some scenes I have embedded in my mind and the writing flows (like today). Other days the scene isn't quite cemented – I basically know what I want, but not how to get there. It can be fun and frustrating at the same time. Fun because I play different scenes in my head. Frustrating because I sometimes can't make up my mind which one is best!

Love scenes are ALWAYS the hardest for me to write. Action, action, and more action. I'm a dialogue person (which is strange considering I hate talking!). So you will see a lot of talking in my books, cause that's what people do when you have more than one in a room (well, except for those action love scenes).

But I'm getting close to the BLACK MOMENT, which can be fun to write. Of course, it means writing down all that emotion – which isn't easy for me, either. That's why I save all that for the edit, not the first draft.

The end is in sight. Not sure how I will get there, or how it will end, exactly (except for the HEA – all my books will have that) (And for those of you non-writers out there, that stands for "Happily Ever After"), but that's the whole fun of writing. I start the scene and the characters take me where it needs to go.

I think this book will be hard for me to end. I'm enjoying Jack and Sunny so much, I'll hate to say goodbye. But goodbye I will say. I just hope it's this month. That's my goal anyway.


Erin Kane Spock said...

It is hard to end a book. Their story isn't really over, just part of it. And I get so invested in these make-believe people... Oh well.
My husband said to write love scenes guy style.
(He did x, she did y, they did z and everyone was happy) and then flesh it out. Of course, I have yet to follow his advice. It doesn't work for me. I have to be in the zone -- which means my writing will not be great, but the emotion will read true. Same for the seemingly unsurpassable conflict.
Good luck and happy writing.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I've never really had a hard time ending a book, because a book is only telling a small part of their lives. What I'm ending is that particular chapter - how they met and stayed together.

In fact, I write the ending faster than I write any other part of the book. It just gets so darn good, I don't want to quit (which I guess is good - hopefully the reader won't want to put it down!!).

Thanks for commenting, Erin.