It was only a few days ago that I answered last month’s question on the IWSG Day and it’s time to do the same once again. On another note, it’s already March 2022 and no, the world is no better than it was in 2020 or 2021. This month’s question although about writing, made me philosophical about the world in general because right now it’s all about the conflict of adding a scene or not to the story.
Let me straight away jump to the question.
March 2 question – Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?
I have several instances where I’ve wondered about adding a scene or not, or even about writing a story. Sometimes, the stories feel a bit too personal. You wish to write about your experience but there’s an underlying fear about having that out in the world. Especially, if you like to guard the personal with all your might. As a writer, it’s hard to escape not having a bit your life out there. But on many an occasion, it is a conflicting situation.
And then, there’s always the conflict between what’s socially/ ethically acceptable and what’s not and yes, what fits the theme and what doesn’t. Let me be specific with this one. Last month, I sent in a story submission for a writing contest. When the story was read by my writer-friend and critique partner, I received the feedback about how the end of the story did not justify the theme. The point that had been made was very valid and she was even kind enough to suggest an alternative end. After all, she said, the character should emerge stronger in the end.
I made my notes and sat down to edit the story, almost sure of the end that would justify the theme. However, by the time I was doing the final edits, I didn’t want to change anything even if it didn’t fit in. My heart did not agree to the viable changes, no matter how logical they seemed. I had a vision for my character and I didn’t want to change it, even if it meant making it appear vulnerable.
I recalled that when I had written the first draft I had probably conjured up a similar conclusion as suggested by my critique partner because that’s what the theme demanded, but by the time I had finished, the story had taken a path of its own. Yes, there are times when our stories wish to be told in a certain way and the writer then must take a back seat. That’s what I did with my submission, the result of which is awaited.
Coming back to the world we live in, do our leaders too have conflicting ideas about adding a scene or not? I am sure. No one escapes the rigour of decision making. The difference is that their decisions impact real lives, while as a writer my decision only impacts stories on paper. I can take that risk, right?
I enjoyed answering this month’s question. Thanks to the IWSG, which is a database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links – all to benefit writers! Thank you to our Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.
The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! If you’d like to join, visit here.
How do you take some of these writing decisions? Do let me know in the comments below.