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Posted by: Mynoris
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:07:00 AM »

Usually I have to ask myself: WHY am I writing this scene, WHO needs to be there, and WHAT do I want to get from it?  That will usually inform me of the WHERE and HOW. 

And, sometimes I just cheat and write a short summary scene so I can get on with the project and not lose the things that are already sitting pretty in my head.  Sometimes, by continuing on, I realized that the scene I struggled with was either not necessary, or I'm inspired to write it, or I find something to replace/supplement it.
Posted by: bdcharles
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:12:55 AM »

For me, writing fight scenes or love scenes involves a lot of getting into the right mindset. Music helps - I like Chase and Status for high intensity scenes that are quite frenetic, and something slower, classical maybe, for the more senstitive moment. Other that than, re-reading the section just before can help too. Or just being in a situation with the right energy level for what you want to do.

Where I struggle is writing to a planned plot moment. For example in my notes I have: "they join the city. Echo starts to hear voices and gets a sense of a weird presence in the city". But then, obviously, I have to make something happen as a backdrop to this point. Invariably a tavern suggests itself, or some crumbly building, but then I have all sorts of other hangers-on that spawn, and who I need to micromanage. Then there needs to be a reason she's gone there, as opposed to some other place, and it all spirals and spirals.

Writing's so hard ;)
Posted by: Romancegirl
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:28:14 AM »

I find action scenes very difficult because of the need to create tension and not have it be a Mary Sue fight. But I've also found that if I sort of make Dungeons and Dragons characters out of them and I can roll the fight that it makes it much easier to write them. That way the tension seems to come almost on its own and it's far easier for me to write out each hit.

The thing about love scenes is that they have to win, so that makes it easier. For me it's indeed all about visualization and also the right music. That helps so much.
Posted by: Penguinball
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:24:49 PM »

It depends on why it is difficult for me. A lovey dovey really emotional scene is tough for me to write, so I try to do it like a bandaid, ripping it off by writing as fast as possible, and fixing it later. An action scene I write a bit slower, mostly because I'm trying to keep the movements straight in my head (wait, is that person still sitting? Ack, but I already had them draw their sword).

Posted by: GWProuse
« on: September 24, 2018, 12:15:32 PM »

I find perfect music for the scene I am writing.  I always use either soundtracks or instrumental music during my writing and will switch to particular songs during a fight scene to get my mind in the right thought process and the words come so much easier.  I also close my eyes and visualize the fight so I can see if what I wrote made sense since I do my best not to over describe in those scenes.  Same thing for a love scene, first kiss, a good yelling match, whatever...need the perfect music to make the mood.
Posted by: TwistedRiver
« on: September 24, 2018, 06:57:32 AM »

I find in-between scenes to be a little difficult as well, but what (sometimes) works for me is just embellishing really. That may sound a little trivial, but just hashing out all kinds of nonsense words do two things for me: get me a larger amount of words, and forces me to really think through transitions. What did I learn from this, what is the most important that I need in here for it to work? What can I leave out, what adds something extra?

And intimate/love/relationship scenes I find difficult... Not necessarily that I feel clueless, but I struggle with relating those things in words because I'm a little private on that front on my own. But honestly, reading historical romance (winkwink) helps from time to time. It's easy, sensual language and gives me an overview of what can work (and not!) in word format. If that makes any sense.
Posted by: Tyrannohotep
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:54:36 PM »

Action scenes tend to be tough for me because I have to balance two issues, namely sentence structure and sentence length. I've heard that short and choppy sentences are best for action, but I  find that doing too many of them can lead to a monotonous sentence structure that is boring to read. I guess varying sentence length (as well as structure) is the key?
Posted by: jessikanesis
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:51:39 PM »

My only tip is to get it out as fast as possible, and smooth out the edges later, NaNoWriMo style. Use a timer or a program like Write Or Die to makes sure you don't stop until you get to the end of the scene.

My most difficult scenes are the transition scenes. I always want to work on a major event or a "fun" scene, and then move onto the next one, but I never feel like I can explain how the characters get from fun scene 1 to fun scene 2 without sounding stilted and award. So sometimes I will write whatever the last part of Scene1 is, and the first part of what Scene2 is, and paste them both into the Write or Die text block, then not let myself stop typing in between until the two lines are connected by whatever words I have to say to connect them. It won't sound GREAT, but it also won't just be brackets in italics that say [And then they go there.]
Posted by: Jedi Knight Muse
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:17:11 PM »

No one has any tips for writing difficult scenes? They don't even have to be something you're 100% knowledgeable about, just...something that youv'e learned to do with them based on your own experiences with writing them.
Posted by: Jedi Knight Muse
« on: September 22, 2018, 08:39:56 PM »

What are your best tips for writing difficult scenes? They can be fight scenes, love scenes, political scenes, etc.

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