So, I’m banging my head against the wall because a scene that I figured would take me about an hour to write has taken three days, and it still won’t gel. One of the most frustrating experiences a writer can face, I think. When all the ingredients are there but the damn bread just won’t rise. Bah.
Mostly it’s because I can’t get into one of the character’s heads. I can’t quite figure out how he’d react given the circumstances. I know he’s seriously angry—close on being enraged—but how does that play out? Does he explain in precise detail what he’s going to do and why, all the while catching certain people in all sorts of lies and equivocations? Or does he just cut them off at the knees and stalk out, leaving a quivering, bloody mass of flesh behind? And if so, how? Another problem is that there’s a lot of moving parts in the scene and so how do they also react and interact? Actually, I have them down for the most part, it’s only the central character in the scene who’s being a pain in the keister.
Maybe I should go slap him around a bit, then he’ll punch me back and I’ll have his reaction.