This whole week, I’ve been working on one major plot point.
I knew where it needed to take the story, I just didn’t know how it got there.
So I thought.
And wrote some.
And thought some more.
And wrote some more.
But it never felt right. I just wanted to give up.
Why write something if it was going to be terrible? Why put effort into something that I was going to cut? No, it was a better use of my time to check Facebook and Instagram.
But then I got an email from NaNoWriMo (even though I’m not doing July Camp, they still send me the emails for it). It linked to a video title “How to Write When You Really Don’t Want To.” I clicked on it. And got motivated. I needed to just sit down and write this scene! Even if I wrote it wrong, I would know one way how not to write the scene.
So I sat down.
It was going wrong.
But then an idea struck me, so I went back and changed one part.
Then I kept writing, and another idea struck me! So I changed that part, too.
Then I just kept writing. Suddenly, BAM! It was like putting in the last few pieces of a puzzle – everything just fit. The characters, the solution, the dialogue, the effect on the plot – it just worked. And it felt so good.
So my advice to you? Even if what you’re doing feels wrong, or is hard, or seems useless, keep writing. Often times writing the wrong thing can act like a road sign that points to the right thing.
That’s what I learned from writing this week. What did you learn?