The other night I opened my WIP to work on a scene I’ve been struggling with for quite some time. I’m not one of those writers who can move forward and go back to fix something. I have to be satisfied with one scene before I can write the next one.
My crit buddy and I had been IMing about the scene. She left to fix dinner, and I decided to spend the next 45 minutes writing before I had to participate in the My Book Therapy Monday Night Chat. Instead of writing, I grabbed the newest Susie May Warren novel and headed for the bathroom.
As I sunk to my chin in a tubful of bubbles, I opened Point of No Return and picked up where I had left off the night before. Although the story is engaging, my mind wouldn’t stop thinking about the scene I continued to struggle with. I set the book down for a minute, leaned back, and closed my eyes.
Within minutes, my muse relaxed and words formed coherent sentences. Sentences flowed into paragraphs so quickly, I had to keep repeating them over and over in my head so I wouldn’t forget. After a few minutes, I dashed out of the tub, wrapped a towel around myself, and grabbed a notebook and pen off my desk.
I climbed back in the tub and spent the next twenty minutes scribbling as quickly as the words would come. Afterward, I typed the scene, smoothed out the edges, and then submitted the chapter to my critique partner.
I admire beautiful prose. I’m not one of those writers who creates breathtaking sentences that linger with the reader. From time to time, though, my muse flashes a sentence or two that makes me smile with contentment. Last night was one of those times.
So, the next time you have writer’s block, sink into a tubful of bubbles and let Calgon take you away to a place where your muse has free reign.
Your turn: How do you work through challenges in your writing?