Ana muses about writing scene transitions
I have not yet mastered the art of inserting an emoticon in my WIP where the right words have not come and skipping ahead in the story. I guess this outs me as a linear thinker.
I am recognizing how this slows my daily word output and am now searching for a pleasing and meaningful symbol to use.
Take yesterday. I cooked all morning for early afternoon lunch company and played with the granddaughter who'd slept over. I visited and then washed dishes. Still familiarizing myself with my new laptop, I drop boxed my WIP and got it downloaded. Then I had an hour to myself.
I was stuck on the scene transition where the heroine is bamboozled into making the run into town for more fenceposts. (My story is a historical western. The hero has corralled her family into helping him buy her fancy dress for the upcoming dance. They want him to fall for her (he is) and stay permanently. He's trying to get on their good side so he can convince them to sell their ranch to him.)
I labored over the transition until I knew I'd do better with my fall-back solution: Sleep-on-it.
It worked! I woke up at 5 am with the answer. Even more exciting is being able to take my laptop to work. Late afternoons are often quiet, even during our busy season. Starting today, I'll be able to write effectively. I wrote the first draft of this WIP at work on a now-dead desktop. It's be like old-home week.