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The awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are

J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

Our question for this month:  If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

Just ONE wish? I’d use it to write the scene I’m stuck on right now.

Since it’s emphatically one wish, I might as well use it for the current WIP and the current scene. I could save it, of course, for the next time I get stuck. That would be sensible. But the fact that I will get stuck again is a) beyond dispute and b) impossible to predict. I might hang onto my wish and not need it for years. I might need it next week. No, I’d rather just use it the once, be grateful for the help, and then keep plugging on like I usually do when I’m wish-less.

Since we don’t get our wishes granted (at least, the Shade of Shakespeare has been ignoring my weekly petitions and I sacrificed some GOOD QUALITY sheep to his memory and I consider this VERY RUDE, I’ll be sacrificing to Jane Austen from now on, Sir, and you deserve it ) I’ll go ahead and list what I usually do when a scene is not flowing as well as I could wish:

  • take a break
  • mull it over in the shower
  • work on something else
  • consider my motives in the scene
  • have I tortured my characters enough?
  • maybe I should hurt them more
  • like, are they in enough pain though
  • try again after a short break
  • try again after a longer break
  • consider life, the universe, and everything
  • I mean, really. What is the point of this all?
  • why did I want to be an author, again?
  • maybe I should move to LA and live on the beach like Matthew McConaughey
  • I like the beach
  • everyone likes the beach
  • that’s why the beach is so damn crowded. Maybe not the beach.
  • have a breakthrough just before I go to sleep
  • cuss quietly under my breath as I dig out a pen and my notebook
  • think my muse HATES SLEEP
  • squiggle down what I hope will be readable in the morning
  • try again
  • finally crash through this block

Hope that helps!

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