Anne Frasier (a.k.a. Theresa Weir) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of thirty books. Her memoir, The Orchard, was an Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the October Indie Next List, a B+ featured title in Entertainment Weekly, a One Book One Community Read, Target Book Club Pick, and Books-A-Million Book Club Pick.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When the problem becomes the solution

This happens to writers all the time.  We write scenes we love, but maybe they don't quite fit. Maybe they don't advance the plot.  Maybe they just kind of hang there and interrupt the story flow. But one thing I always forget is that anything can be made to work, and everything can be fixed. I'm working on a suspense novel right now, and I have a scene I love. It introduces a main character. But I didn't feel it fit. and it definitely interrupted the flow. And it definitely seemed to just be this disconnected scene that wasn't progressing the plot in the way a page-turner should. When I have this kind of problem, I always put it aside. Then, as soon as I wake up, before I get out of bed, I think about it. And OMG, I came up with the best idea. And now the scene I was going to toss has become pivotal. Now it not only advances the plot, in propels it.  


  1. Oh, joy! I am new to your blog, but I will be sure to come back here for more inspiration on my own road to publishing-land. :-) Thanks!

  2. THANK YOU for the reminder. I'm always fussing about how to mush my snippets together.

  3. Oh, and I like the mushing of the snippets. :D

  4. Love it when that happens, but too rarely.

  5. Patti, it is rare. and sadly, sometimes scenes do need to be discarded. trying to hang onto something that's messing up the flow is not a good thing.


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