Well met, everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I’ve been trying to wrap up the first draft of The Hollow Bones, as well as work on a short story idea that I’ve had for a few weeks, and I noticed something: I hit what I consider the hardest part of writing.
For me, the hardest part of writing a novel or a short story is when I know the order of events, but I’m not sure how to transition between those scenes smoothly and realistically. Climactic battles, poignant conversations between characters, and even typical days in the lives of students can flow onto the page so easily that my pen has a hard time keeping up with the movie screen in my head, but connecting those pieces together? Not so much.
This morning, I was working with one of those transitions for The Hollow Bones, and I had to remind myself that it’s better to be done than to be perfect. I just started writing the transition from one scene to the next, and hopefully it’s not that bad when I go back to read the scene for revisions. Is it perfect? Probably not, but that’s not the point. The point was to just get the words into my computer, and it worked.
If nothing else, this instance is a reminder for me that writing transitions may not be as hard as I think it is, because I may be putting too much pressure on myself to have it be ready for the publisher the first time, when that’s not easily possible (if at all). Writing transitions might be a challenge when I’m writing stories, but the hardest part of writing in general may be to let words just come out with the acceptance that it’s not going to be perfect.
Do you guys deal with this too? What’s the hardest part of writing stories for you? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! Until next time, stay magical, everyone!
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