We Interrupt This Program…


To stomp around and yell.

I’ve been typing away like mad today.  My fingers are sore, my head hurts from the antibiotics I’m on yet again,  and everything I’m writing seems like crap.  CRAP!

But that’s supposed to be okay.  I’ve been the first to tell everyone here that days like this are normal.  I know it.  You know it.

Doesn’t ever help, does it? <g>

After all, I should be expecting this.  I’m back in the ‘giving myself permission to write a crappy first draft’ mode and it has been moving right crappily along when bam– I get to the explanation scene. 

Rachel calls them Scooby Doo scenes. 

But whatever you call them, they suck.  I have these long moments of dialogue broken up by stupid questions.  I need to find something for them to be doing other than talking about one thing for the most of a chapter and normally, I’m really good at coming up with this kind of stuff.  The stuff they’re talking about is interesting. 

I think it’s just me.

Bah.  And you know what? I thought I had a problem with action scenes but this particular book has taught me that I don’t.  They’re actually fun to write.  Especially since my mood lately has been so out-of-this-crappy-world-stressed, I want to kick serious ass in my own, real world.  I have to watch it or I’ll have my heroine kicking ass every time someone sneezes. 

So, I’ll go back and fix later.  I just need to get this first draft done.  I know it.  You know it.

Still frustating, isn’t it? <g> 


Deep breath. 

I’m better.  It’s out of my system. 

Thanks for listening.  You guys all rock.

In fact, I think I just figured out the scene while I was typing this rant.

Crap. 😉


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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7 Responses to We Interrupt This Program…

  1. I’m glad you’re hanging in there. We all go through this. In the rough draft of a Scooby scene, I just make sure I got all the necessary information in there, leave a few notes to myself on anything I might want to add later, then move on. I’ll fix and smooth in the rewrites. 😉

  2. Bellezza says:

    Holy smokes, Rinda, that picture scared the s–t out of me! I’m glad it’s not you, really, just the epitome of a mood. Which you’ll get out of. Think of the Wind kicking ass, and you’re way better than the Wind.

  3. relliott4 says:

    I’m out of it. Had a great writing afternoon and hit it again after the kiddies went to bed. It’s eleven thirty and I jumped on for some research, but I cleared a lot of pages in total today and some of them are even good.

    Yes, the rewrites will be something on this one. But that next draft is still my favorite. 🙂

  4. X. Dell says:

    Action scenes? Way to violent for me.

    I know writers are taught to stay from ‘Scooby-Do’ scenes (in screenwriting, they’re called ‘Jake/Jill the Explainer’ scenes) and from deus ex machina. But I think of a number of wonderful narratives where they seem to fit. Maybe yours is appropriate too.

  5. Word Doctor says:

    Hey, get your crap under control, will ya? Best of luck with the new scene…sounds like you are working it out. I hope your physical illness takes a long vacation.


  6. “In fact, I think I just figured out the scene while I was typing this rant.”

    That is great!

  7. Missy says:

    At least your writing. What free time I’ve had the past week has been spent being depressed and unable to write. It’ll pass, but that doesn’t keep it from being frustrating.

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