Same s…tuff, different day.
The only thing worse that realizing that you’ve made a horrible mistake is realizing that you’ve made it a second time. Isn’t that what experience is supposed to teach you? Not to do that? That’s where the expression “Those who do not learn from their pasts are doomed to repeat it” is supposed to come from.
I repeated a terrible mistake. The worst part is that I know – I know for a fact with 100% certainty – that at some point, possibly in the not-to-distant future, I’m going to do it again. And again.
I supposed the saving grace is that I can now recognize when I am being a dumbass and rectify the problem. With any luck, I will soon be able to recognize it faster. This time it took me a week.
I love to write. Love it. It’s my favourite thing (along with television and reading. My favourite is whatever I’m doing at the time.) But I have been avoiding my current manuscript for the last week and a half and I didn’t want to face my mistake. I stared down the beast tonight. I’ve been avoiding it because…
It’s bad, and it needs to be fixed, and I don’t want to do it, so I’m avoiding the whole thing in hopes that the Story Fairy will come and make it better while I sleep. Well, she hasn’t and now I have to. For the record, she never comes and I always end up having to do it myself. Story Fairy, you’re fired!
Here’s a pro tip for you when it comes to writing: If you are bored writing it, people will be bored reading it. My mistake is that the last scene I wrote is B-O-R-I-N-G. Looking back, I knew when I was writing it that it was bad but I didn’t know what else to do. Here’s another pro tip for you: you can’t fix what hasn’t been written. In this case, fixing means cutting. It’s all going to have to go. Everything back to the last chapter.
That is the second problem solved. Now I’m back to the first problem, which is how do I do a time jump in my story when the event I want to skip is pivotal to the entire freaking set-up of the plot. (The hero and heroine meet on a destination wedding trip. I want to skip writing about the wedding because it’s not their wedding and is therefore boring. But I need the set-up that happens at the wedding. It’s a vicious, vicious circle.)
That’s going to be a problem for another night. I already fixed the big part. I’m back to straight writing. I can do that.