Writing, Stalling, and More Writing
I picked up where I left off yesterday, continuing with encounter writing. I started writing some of the opening scenes of the encounter, and had a few early bits that I quite enjoyed writing.
However, I reached a point where I started second-guessing the logic of the encounter. The thing I originally wanted to write seems a bit flimsy and contrived. Fun, but I'm not sure a group of people would actually act the way I was writing. Particularly since it seemed contrary to their greater motives.
So I backed off the actual writing for a good portion of the day, and tried to rework elements so it made more sense. I think the overall encounter arc makes sense, which is good, but there are bits that string it together that wouldn't pass close inspection.
I think I'm running into a "sacred cow" situation. A scene seems really good in my head, but makes little sense in context. The fact that I'm saying that is probably all the reason I need to carve it out and rewrite. But it took me most of the afternoon, and writing this news entry, to admit it, I guess.
I think when Monday comes around, I should try rewriting it in a purely logical way. Then, I can take a step back, and look for opportunities to add fun and interesting bits to that, rather than the other way around. Sometimes tearing down and rebuilding is what makes a creative piece better.
We shall see! For now, it's time to wrap up and have some dinner. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!