How to write the big scene

3:35 a.m.         Meow. Meow. Cat wakes you up.

3:46 a.m.         Warn yourself not to think about that scene or you won’t get back to sleep.

4:46 a.m.        Engineering a dream featuring yourself and George, Leo, and that kid with the impressive abs is NOT taking your mind off ‘that’ scene. 

5:00 a.m.         Send a pillow whistling over the railings at feline fiend. Swear vividly when it misses.

5:15 a.m.         Listen to rain and think about throwing caterwauling cat outside.

6:00 a.m.         Get up and feed Meow-from-hell. Let dog out. Pat pooch and tell him that he’s the good one.

6:15 a.m.         Sit at computer in nightie and blue, fuzzy, polar-bear robe that you should throw out because you’ve lost its belt and it’s three sizes too large.

6:30 a.m          Congratulate yourself on your industry. You have answered all your emails. Now, prepare yourself to write the scene.

6:31 a.m.         Make yourself an expresso instead.

6:45 a.m.         Remove temptation by visiting all your favourite blogs.

6:47 a.m.         Tidy desk, because you read somewhere that an untidy desk is mind distracting, and you need a clear head to write this scene.

7:00 a.m.         Oh, Look! Someone answered your early morning email. Reply, because it’s only polite to do so promptly.

7:15 a.m.         Decide that a change of costume might help you write the scene. Go upstairs and open underwear drawer. Inspect contents. Choose what you consider might be the lucky panties. Put them on.

7:16 a.m.         Brush teeth, and decide these aren’t the lucky panties.

7:18 a.m.         Re-inspect contents of underwear drawer.

7:30 a.m.         Wander into dining room where you discover dog was clearly NOT the good one.

7:40 a.m.         Give short, fat, black dog the evil eye as you put away the Lysol. Tell the cat that she’s the good one.

 7:46 a.m.        Blackberry chirrups. Someone has written a funny reply to your email. Ah hah! A challenge. Spend some time thinking up a good retort.

7:51 a.m          Hit send.

8:00 a.m          Open word up. Read the beginning of scene. Open  desk drawer, take out the Tums.

8:11 a.m.         Decide that this is a good day to start a blog post.

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Leigh's an urban fantasy writer, living in Southern Ontario.
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4 Responses to How to write the big scene

  1. Brinda says:

    The “write a new blog post” gets me every time. It makes me feel I am being industrious when I can’t get anything else done. I wrote four of them this weekend. 🙂

  2. B says:

    Haha that sounds somewhat similar to my sleepless night (except much more articulate). Only difference was that I was reading about the most boring subject known to humanity (deferred taxes) and then I decided that I was going to troll blogs and read posts and think about my plot until 5 am when I promptly considered that I should try to sleep somewhat because I *did* have to work in less than 3 hours.

    Spent 3 hrs tossing and turning in bed considering plot scenes. The good: I think I managed fix a scene I hated (it feels better than before). The bad: haven’t learned anything and am clearly procrastinating yet again.

    Such is the sleepless cycle of creativity methinks!

    Hang onto your lucky panties and keep writing!!! (and let me know when you want to go drink that bottle of wine! =) )

  3. Leigh Evans says:

    Those plot scene toss/turn evenings are a bitch to get through, but inevitably they joggle something important. Last night I figured out how and where to seed a plot turn. Very happy about that this morning:-) Glad to hear you feel stronger about a scene. Yay! B!

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