Our topic at the SFF Seven this week is: “The most difficult scene you ever wrote and why.”
I’m guessing that’s why was it difficult, not why we wrote it. Though I do think the why we wrote the scene in the first place is relevant.
There’s a school of thought among writers and writerly-advice givers that if a story becomes difficult – if the writer hits a block and grinds to a stop – then that’s an indicator of Something Gone Wrong. I see this advice a lot. Writers will say – often in response to questions about how they handle Writer’s Block – “When I hit a block, I know I’ve done something wrong, taken a wrong turn somewhere, so I go back and rework the plot.”
You all have heard a version of this, right?
Makes me cringe every time. I’ll tell you why. But you have to go to the SFF Seven to find out.