This is not a new question. I’ve often asked it of myself when my writing doesn’t come easy. When I struggle with a plot problem or I’ve written myself into a corner.
In the past, as I’ve written my books, I’ve changed the plot a little, tweaked motivation and/or conflict, but on purpose. I’d found a way to make the story stronger.
Recently, I learned one of the reasons.
I started the scene with a clear vision of the goal. It came at the right time and the relationship development seemed natural, not forced. Imagine my surprise when my h/h wrested the scene from my perfect concept and blew it all to h-e-double toothpicks.
I wrote a few sentences, sat back in my chair, and said, “Huh. Really.”
Then I wrote more. “Wow.”
More. “I can’t believe this is happening.”
The scene flowed almost faster than I could type it. All the while, I’m astounded it’s taken this turn. It wasn’t in my plan.
It’s only one scene in a whole book, but it was EASY!
For me, writing is not easy. It’s grueling, demanding, and heartbreaking (especially when rejections flow in).
But, this scene, this one tiny scene, is why I write.
It’s thrilling to get it right. It’s humbling. It’s rewarding.
This “where did it come from” feeling is why I write. I wish it came more often. But, I’ll remember this one forever.