If you would’ve asked me a few weeks ago if I had any insecurities, I would’ve said no.
Coming off a fantastic retreat, excited about the possibilities of revising my manuscript, I was flying high. It seemed I had the golden touch, and everything I wrote was coming together brilliantly.
I’ve never had a book go so well, I kept saying. This book is different from the rest.
Ha! Of course, it did not take long for me to eat my words.
Now I’m nearing the end of the book—at least my revisions on the plot issues. And I’ve hit the scene that is the bane of my existence. It was hard to draft the first time; it’s been equally hard to revise. I hate this scene. I’ve spent the last few weeks on this one scene. Rewriting, revising the scenes coming up to it, analyzing other books in my genre to see how they handle similar scenes. If I could throw this scene across the room, I would.
And I thought everything was going so well.
So this awful scene that’s giving me so much trouble is one of the last chapters. It leads into the climax. There’s a lot at stake to get it right.
But I know it’s not a good sign when I hate a scene, when it feels like it’s pulling teeth to write. I’m thinking if I hate it so much, readers will too.
What do you do when you get stuck? How do you find your way through?