When I was writing the first draft of Twenty-Five, it was so easy. Scenes just came to me. I knew exactly how the characters were going to act and react because I could see it. I would visualize a scene for a couple of days and then write it down. It was really cool because scenes from all over the book would pop into my head, so I didn’t have to write chronologically, but I knew exactly where they were going to go.
With my other attempted books, the visualization of scenes hasn’t really worked. It’s not really something I can WILL to happen, you know? But with The Death Effect, it’s starting to happen again. I’m seeing scenes in my head, but they are only little moments, so I have a little less to go on.
***Spoiler Alert!*** For example, I keep picturing this one moment, at the funeral of one of the MC’s where her birth mother and her adoptive mother see each other and thank each other. It’s just this little fragment in my head, but it keeps playing over and over again and I can’t wait to write it out. I know one other scene that is going to result from this encounter, so the visualization is beginning to work for me again. I just hope it keeps up, because I REALLY want to finish this book. I’m already proud of it, and I’ve only written thirteen chapters!
I think I need to do some kind of outlining/planning for TDE because all these ideas are floating around and I have no idea where they fit into the book. With Twenty-Five it was easy because I wrote it knowing the time-frame and knowing that I wanted each chapter to represent one month. But TDE is only spanning a couple weeks at most and there are so many POV’s and each character is affected by different things at different times. The timeline is very complex and I’ve only gotten a few days out in my head.
But with outlining, I’m worried about pigeon-holing myself. I don’t want to say, THESE ARE THE SCENES THAT ARE GOING TO BE IN THE BOOK. I want to be fluid and free to change the direction of the story. I’m going to give it a try and hope that I don’t have to throw it in the trash in a couple of weeks!
And I’m going to hope that little scenes keep appearing in my head. I don’t want to FORCE this book to be written. I want it to WANT to be written.
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“…But with outlining, I’m worried about pigeon-holing myself. I don’t want to say, THESE ARE THE SCENES THAT ARE GOING TO BE IN THE BOOK. I want to be fluid and free to change the direction of the story…”
Rachel, I’ve quoted you above. Now this is where many of us trap ourselves into thinking we MUST write what is included as part of our outline.
So you write an outline, but there’s nothing to stop you from altering it as you go. There’s nothing in my outlines that I regard as sacred. If a story line has gotta go, it’s gotta go. If it’s gotta change, it’s gotta change. At the end, half the plot line might not even resemble the outline I started with. I adjust as the story progresses.
Remember, this is your story. You’re free to move in whichever direction you choose – it’s a mistake to think or feel that you’re trapped by an outline.
It’s meant to guide you, and you leave room for the fact that it might change. It’s not meant to constrain you or sap your creativity.
Hope this helps.
Rach – I’ve tried to outline, and it helps up to a point. I use mine to get some ideas on paper and see how they would fit in with where I want the story to go. For Songbird I’ve had about five or six outlines. Sometimes ideas I liked to begin with make it in, sometimes they don’t.
I’m going to get back to reading TDE this month. I’m really excited to see where you’re taking the story.
Try a webtree. It doesn’t tie you permanently to a scen but gives you a chance to do multiple possibilities for each major interaction.