Do you ever have moments when the scene you’re writing suddenly becomes epic? When you know absolutely that THIS scene is a pivotal moment in your book? A scene that totally makes the rest of the story? A scene that is so powerful that you just know you’re gonna have to rewrite the rest of the book because you didn’t really understand the conflict of either character until that point?
Well, I had a moment like that over the weekend. There I was, writing a love scene, and it suddenly began to evolve in a way I hadn’t really considered before. An incredibly powerful way. It became a scene where conflict, character and romance all met and melded together perfectly. Where the love scene and the way it happened became so absolutely pivotal that if you took it out of the story, if had happened in another way, there would be no HEA (yeah, I know, ALL love scenes are supposed to do that but we won’t go there). I don’t think I’ve ever written a scene quite like it. And you know what? When I was writing it I thought ‘man, this scene could sell the book’.
Now some of the plotters among you may be thinking, ‘Jackie, seriously? You did not not see this coming??’ And the answer to that is no, I did not. I guess it’s a pantser thing. I mean, I knew the characters conflict before I started but I did not know the details and I did not know ‘how’ the characters would help each other resolve it. It’s like breeding two distinct species of animal then putting them in a cage together and standing back to see what happens.
Anyway, I gotta tell you, it’s a rush. It’s the kind of moment I live for when I write, and I haven’t had too many of those lately. Especially good seeing as how the rest of the story has been a b*tch to write. It kind of made all the crap I was writing beforehand all worthwhile just to get to this particular scene. I may not sell the book of course but if not, it still would have been worth the experience of writing it just for this scene alone. Because if I can do it once, I can do it again.
So, does this ever happen to you? Have you written scenes you can’t believe you actually wrote? Or had a scene turn out so differently from what you expected that you’re left sitting dumbstruck by the awesome brilliance of your own brain?? 🙂