September 2, 2007 | Karin's Blog | 16 comments

I’m Stuck!!!

It’d been four days now. I’m at a place in my wip where there is a turning point scene. I’m afraid it has come too soon in the story, but when I go back to write something else to precede it, it falls flat. It’s like my heart knows the scene should be there but my reasoning is trying to second guess it all. It’s too soon, you need more build up, the character arc hasn’t come far enough for this scene. Grrr.

But, hey? You know what? Epiphany moment here!!!! Screw those questions. My gut is telling me right now at this exact moment as I am writing this to tell my reasoning to fuck off and leave it the hell alone. My gut knows this scene is exactly where it needs to be when it needs to be. I can build so much more off of this! The characterization will more than be built, because for this scene it will be defined!!! Yippy skippy!!!!!

God, I love to blog!

Thanks everyone. 🙂

Okay, now for future reference, what is your process for overcoming the scene stumper?



  1. Edie

    Congratulations on getting unstuck. It’s like what Glinda the Good Witch said to Dorothy: “You had it in you all along!” 🙂

    My way of getting through it is a lot like what you’ve just done. I email my CPs, explaining my problem, and as I do this, I often find the way out. Other times I go for a walk and the answer comes to me. Or I might sleep on it. Or sometimes I’ll try a different pov.

  2. Karin

    Edie, said, “It’s like what Glinda the Good Witch said to Dorothy: “You had it in you all along!””

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!

  3. Jaci Burton

    I always go with gut instinct. Even if I have to fix it later, I know to write what the scene calls for, even if I don’t think the timing is right.

    Usually I’m right and the character/story ARC builds from there. Sometimes I’m surprised how damn good the story builds from there. *grin*

    Always trust your instincts! You know what you’re doing.

  4. J. Carson Black

    Uh…what’d we do? 😉

    I know, sometimes just talking out loud works. I recently had the same kind of thing happen. I couldn’t make any headway on parts of the plot of my new wip, and I couldn’t make any decisions, no matter how small. Turned out, one of my main characters was all wrong. I made the change, altered the relationships, and all of a sudden the plot pieces fell into place.

    It’s an amazing thing, how the mind does the work for us when we’re not looking. And suddenly the answer is there, with the satisfying sound of a heavy car door shutting. Best feeling in the world!

    So go with your instinct, Karin; it will carry you through. Already your subconscious is working out the details way down the road – and you aren’t even aware of all the logistical heavy lifting involved. At least that’s what always happens with me.

  5. B.E. Sanderson

    Hooray! Sometimes all it takes is writing out the problem. When I get stuck, I whip out a notebook and ask myself questions about what I’m doing and where I’m headed. Beats everything else I’ve tried. I’m sure if I went back through my notebooks, the question I ask myself most often is ‘What is the point?’ – once I can answer that, I’m good to go. =o)

  6. Karin

    Jaci, I love it when you stop by. 🙂 and you are absolutely correct. How is it we don’t listen to our own advice? I wrote a blog not too long ago, either here or at MSW, about listening to your gut. I need to take my own advice. Thank you for reminding me to.

  7. Karin

    Jake, what you did was be here for me to moan and groan to and in the process allow me to see the light. Sigh, life and friends are good. And I will head your words of wisdom.

    Beth, I like the way you think. I think for me to understand my characters better, asking them questions is a fabo idea. I know several authors who interview their characters long before they begin to tell their story. My problem is, I suck at interviews.

  8. Karin

    LD, I love the Glenda quote! And pasnters rock!!! But, ahem, it doesn’t hurt to do some plotting…

  9. LaDonna

    Good going, Karin! Always follow your gut. Seriously, I’m a panser and it’s how I fly. LOL. And Edie, I smiled reading the Glenda quote. Perfect!

  10. Amie Stuart

    I rely heavily on my subconscious-even going so far as to tell it to solve a problem for me. And pen and paper. 😀

  11. Cele

    I love that you had no problem leaving your work through up for us to see. It always amazes me when I fix a problem, or when I see the bigger picture just by chatting it out.

  12. Karin

    Amie, I was really hoping last night that the dream fairies would give me a great way to complete this scene. But alas, I slept like a dead person. However, I am ready to rock and roll.

    Cele, I am amazed by how much I get back from everyone here. It’s like free therapy.

  13. Anna Louise Lucia

    I usually go with my gut, although there’s times in the past I’ve forgotten that!

    If I’m stuck, I generally go forward and write something else beyond the scene. But I write out of sequence anyway, so that’s no hardship.

    Sometimes talking it through with someone helps.

    YAY for not being stuck anymore!

  14. Allison Brennan

    I feel your pain. Trust your instincts.

  15. Karin

    Anna, the gut it is! Karin who is happily unstuck.

    Hey, A, I feel *YOUR* Pain!! I hate when this happens!!!

  16. Lea

    Hey I understand you have a writers competition coming up soon. Can you toss me a bone about it?

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