stopwatch1Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on ONE scene. Adding to it. Playing with time. Using scene…and summary. Writing a lot of really great sentences, none of which were making the story more interesting.

This weekend, I tried storyboarding the section of the book.

And today….

I think I finally figured out what I had to include…and what I had to delete.

Then I set my watch to thirty minutes…and….

I wrote it.

For me, giving myself a time limit often helps me get back to intuitive writing. It challenges me to get something down….and under the pressure of a time limit, I stop thinking. And start DOING.

(I should do this more often.)

Do you have little tricks that help you through a tough scene? Games you play with yourself to make yourself write?

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