Thursday 7 June 2012

Dreaming Elusive Scene Solution

Last evening after the kids went to bed, I perched myself on my seat in front of my laptop to work on my daily word count for my YA fantasy. I sat. And sat, staring at the screen blankly, trying to sort out the scene which I meant to write for that day. My staring changed to frustrated glaring.

A while back when I outlined the story,  everything had been so clear, but for some reason, I couldn't really see the scene as I had imagined it before.  Being on my feet the whole day at my day job, and my brain screaming "I'm tired leave me alone" wasn't helping either.

I sighed, shut my laptop, snatched my kindle from my worktable and headed to bed.

As I lay in bed, I began analysing what the problem was, why that particular scene was giving me a problem. in between lying awake and my eyes fluttering shut, I began running the story's outline in my head (my kindle forgotten) up to the end of the story, but still had a problem with how to tackle that particular scene. So with that part of the story in mind, I finally drifted off to sleep.

In the morning, I had the full scene sequentially figured out. I could see how the chapter begins and how it ends - It's something sad that happens to my MC, and probably why my brain couldn't handle sad and tired simultaneously the evening before. Maybe I dreamt about it as I clutched onto the elusive scene, and the last threads of consciousness before falling asleep. I can't remember. One thing is for sure. I'm as happy as a bee.. :D

I'm really interested to hear your elusive/annoying scene/problems solutions. Please share, share.. :D


  1. yay---don't ya love those moments when they last---happy writing--and what a super quote--love him!

  2. I have always believed that our brains keep working on a problem whether we are paying attention or not. Everything works out, if you give it a chance.

    So what are you waiting for, get writing. :-)

  3. Yay! This is awesome and I loved reading that you're happy as a bee. I seem to have ideas for problem scenes pop into my head when I'm out walking. It's my best way to get unstuck.

  4. @ Lynn: thanks..I love those moments. feel so relieved after that.haha

    @ emaginette: You are so right about that. Seriously, this is my new scene capture therapy.. :D I didnt waste time after I woke up, had to write it down while still fresh. :D

  5. @ julie.. haha I was really excited. :) Oh, walking is good as well especially when it's not too hot and not too cold outside.

    @Kate: Hi Kate! It's good to see you.