I’ve been getting to know my newest characters. We need time to understand each other, and find out what direction their story will go. But it hasn’t been a simple process, because one single scene has gotten all stuck in the tubes of my mind. It’s causing a blockage with all the other ideas backing up behind it, inaccessible until I’ve cleared this scene out.
The problem is, I don’t know where the scene goes. I don’t know when it happens in the plot, and I don’t know how they get there. I don’t even know the entire reason these two people are in this situation together. How can I write a scene if it’s floating around by itself? How can I create a disconnected piece of an overall work?
My solution will be to just write the damned scene and be done with it. Later, when I’ve sorted my ideas through, I can either adapt whatever comes pouring out to fit with the overall established story, or I can scrap it and re-write the scene in a way that works. Because right now, all I’m doing is circling this one moment over and over, and it’s not going anywhere.
I can only imagine other writers suffer from similar issues as this. Where something outside of the canon needs to be written right now, without you even getting a chance to think it all the way through. Not in a good way, where your words are in a state of flow and everything is happening effortlessly, but in the way that you are completely preoccupied with something that isn’t helpful at this point in time.