I'm back. After four days of orange juice shots and tequila chasers, my cold-flu-thingy has almost gone. I can now speak coherently and make almost decent decisions. Thank you to all who left lovely comments hoping I'd get better. I kept my phone close and would pry one eye open to see check on you guys and gals.
I'm a person that is always in motion. If my body is still then my mind is racing. I can't stop it. It's just the way I am. When your body is sick and it affects your mind though you do calm down and sit still. In the few moments I wasn't convinced I was going to die, I tried to think of something to blog about. It was actually pretty easy. Being in the moment.
We should live life in the moment. Not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday but the now.
We need to do this with our books too. When you write the scene, BE IN the scene. Let it mature and fill the pages to busting. Stand in your scene and look around. See all the cracks in the concrete. Notice the yellow flowers in the shop keeper's hat. Do that with you characters too. They don't know what is happening on the next page. They only know the "now". Let them fully react to the situation at hand. BE your character. Feel the skin of your character. Imagine how it's hard for the old man to breathe. How the pain in his joints affect his walking. Feel the tone of you words. The way your plot moves. BE YOUR STORY.
I know I know. That's easier said than done. I run into that problem all the time. When I'm writing a scene and I feel like it's rushed , I'll sit back and play it out in my head. Like my own mini movie. Sometimes it helps a lot and shows me where I can plump it up.
Do you run into the "rushed" scene? How do you deal with it?