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It’s time!

I find myself at a point in my book that is both thrilling and slightly nerve-wracking.

As I’ve said, I’ve had this series in my mind for a while, and there is one scene particularly that has always been certain and always the same.

I have come to the point in my book to write that scene; a scene that has been in my head for a couple of years.

It’s a pretty intense scene, emotionally and physically.

Yes, this is just the first draft, and yes, I can sort it out later if it’s not perfect. But for some reason I have this feeling that I have to get it right first time, because it’s the pivotal scene in this first book of the series.

I mean, thinking on it for two years I should be able to knock it out in no time, but when I came to write all I did was just stared at the screen!

But it’s time to just do it, and today is the day!

I am going to write it, it’s going to be awesome, and this scene can finally leave my head and hit the page!

Have you guys ever had a scene you’re hesitant about writing? Have you ever come to write a scene you’ve been thinking of for some time? How do you approach writing such intense scenes?

Have a great weekend everyone!

33 thoughts on “It’s time!

    • It can be a bit intimidating at times coming to certain scenes, but then part of the fun of being a writer is being able to figure out how to write them and overcoming it 😀

      Good luck with it!

      Thank you so much for commenting and have a great weekend 🙂

  1. I know how you feel. When I was writing my last book, I felt worried about getting a particular scene just right because it was the first scene I had envisioned and the one the entire plot had been built around.

    When people read it, they probably won’t even know what scene it was, we writers just have a habit of beating ourselves up! 😉

    I remember JK Rowling saying that in the 5th HP book, she rewrote one chapter over 20 times and it drove her insane but nobody has been able to tell which scene caused her all the trouble.

    So it happens to us all! Best of luck with it 🙂

    • You’re exactly right, in the end it probably won’t even notice to the reader how much time we spend on any one scene 😀

      Thank you so much for commenting and have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. Like Callum said, it happens to us all. But I think we can put too much pressure on ourselves to ‘get it right’ the first time. In my humble opinion, whether it has been in your head for the last few years or not, just let it come as it comes. It might not live up to your expectations the first round, because you’ve been living with it and you want it to be perfect. Try to let it be. When you look back, I’m sure it will have all the elements it needs and you can tinker away at it, to match the vision in your head 😉 Have fun – I’m excited for you! I love it when a much loved project comes to fruition. Make sure you tell us all about it 🙂

    • It is very exciting coming to this point in the story as I’ve been thinking about it in my head for so long it will be nice to see it on the page 😀

      Thankfully I will be giving this manuscript a rest for nearly two months between edits, so I will be able to come back to it with completely fresh eyes and begin again!

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. Have a brilliant and relaxing weekend! 🙂

  3. I waited about two years before I wrote my pivotal scene of reunion and my critique group wants me to polish it even more. Getting it right is indeed painful but so well worth it in the end. Take the time, take a breath or two–write and polish. Now, if it were just that simple.

    • I think it is about taking the time to write it, step back and go at it again! 😀 But yeah, easier said than done at times.

      Thank you so much for commenting and have a brilliant weekend! 🙂

  4. Uh, yup. Know exactly how you feel – battled with this at the end of Fire Blessed. It was the big battle scene – I could envision it in my head, but putting it into mere words was difficult. Like, pulling your own teeth difficult. I finally managed to get it out – and in the rewrite, only needed minor tweaks. So I also understand the need to get the scene right, too.

    Don’t worry. The words will come. And they’ll be the right ones, you just have to wait for the story and your creative brilliance to be ready to cooperate.

    • It’s nice when a scene just comes together, but the worst when it won’t! 😀 I’m still procrastinating about it, I just need to do it!

      Thank you so much for encouraging comment and have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Whenever I am working on a difficult scene, or one that makes me nervous for various reasons, I listen to some lovely piano music. Piano music always makes me feel calm, happy, and in that creative place in my own head. My very first big fight scene was written to various songs from a CD called ‘The Elegance of Pachelbel.” ^-^ (Which, admittedly, has a lot more instruments but piano is still my favorite.)

  6. I think it’s fear, nerves, pressure… I felt like this about starting my 2nd book, I found any excuse to put off writing those first words, and yet I had been so looking forward to writing it. And then would you believe it, exactly the same thing has happened with starting book 3. As you know, I finally wrote the first draft of the prologue on the same day as you started writing this series… and I’ve only managed to write Chapter 1 since then! I’m thinking it’s gonna take a while, lol! Hope you are doing better than me!

  7. If the scene is really important, I take a stab at it through a file I call my free writing file. In this file, I can write whatever I want. It can suck and I don’t have to care. I might write the scene two or three different ways. Then if I like the scene, I’ll add it to my official story file.

  8. I’ve had scenes like that. They take me several sessions to get through sometimes with lots of breaks for thinking and getting my head around them. You just have to take the plunge and keep going. The words will come. Good luck!

  9. I feel when I come to an important scene I already know I will be doing major revisions on it. However, I try to capture as much as I can of elements that have long stayed in my mind 🙂

  10. At times, you just have to trust your (writer’s) gut instinct and get on with writing, but I know what you mean. I tend to pause and really think about what I’m about to write (or have just written) whenever I consider that the passage in question is crucial to my readers understanding it exactly the way I intend. In those cases, I need to take a step back and think about how it will come across – just because it makes perfect sense in my head doesn’t mean it will make sense to a first time reader.

  11. Yes! Exactly how it sometimes happens. I have a scene and now I have to write a book around it. I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it. Shehanne Moore mentions seeing scenes to start off her books.

    • I think a lot of writers start off with awesome scenes and then have to come up with something around it 😀 Though it can be challenging it can be fun!

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  12. Yes, I’ve encountered those…and then just did what you’re doing…jumped in feet first. Usually the fear is worse than the actual undertaking of the scene. Best wishes! ❤

  13. Ah, I know what you mean. The Scene (yes, it IS a proper noun! 😉 ) can be one of the hardest parts to write… but I know you can do it! Good luck, Mishka – I’m sure it turned out splendidly! ❤

  14. I’ve generally found my writing’s not nearly as bad as I thought when I read through it later. I think it’s worth it just to get it all out there. You can always completely re-write it if it doesn’t work for you.

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