“Oh yes! Oh man, this is gonna be epic!”

“Ew, no. I’ll just skip that part for now and write them later.”

For some reason, some scenes I’m excited to write, and the others…eh…

Last night, I was looking at my list of needed scenes and thought, “Why is it like this? I like writing, so why does it matter what type of scene I write? What is it that separates the scenes I want to write from the scenes I don’t?”

A quick Google search verified my thoughts. Even highly successful and famous authors have scenes where they didn’t feel that writing spark! I came to a conclusion that in the end, it all matters about the topic. You know, what you want to write about. Here, let me explain:

story time with melissa

Some of you may briefly remember this, but I created an anime website not too long ago. I’m not going to send links or mention the name, because you won’t be able to find it anymore. That’s right, the website is gone! I no longer blog about anime or even make YouTube videos about it.

Why? Because although I like anime, I don’t have the spark. I can’t spend time writing about characters I love and analyzing story arcs. Although I love talking about episodes with friends, blogging about it is a completely different story, and I hate it. My experience with that website almost made me not want to watch anime anymore. I have no idea how that’s even possible.

I’m sure there’s people out there who feel the same way about writing. They may like talking about certain topics, but they might not be able to express those feelings in writing without feeling bored and drained.

don’t force yourself to write

Obviously, it’s not good to write a scene you don’t feel like writing. You might get stuck, take the story in the wrong direction, or even end up wasting your time on a piece of work that, no matter what, cannot be salvaged. You don’t want that to happen, trust me. I do it all too much.

But what happens when the scene that you don’t feel like writing is a really important one? The emotional breakdown of a character before the climactic event, a funeral scene, or maybe even the cheerful last chapter. There could be a possibility that even one of those scenes isn’t something that you would ever want to write.

When I wrote this blog post yesterday (Monday), I wasn’t feeling like talking about this subject. This post was about four sentences long, me just asking you all what you think. But now it’s Tuesday, I’m in English class (which sadly, I no longer enjoy), and I’m writing this on my school Chromebook since I already finished my essay.

There are other things I could be doing, but there was nothing more exciting to me than working on this TAJ blog post. And that only further proves my point.

Thanks for dealing with this short post before I study for a super intense biology test. In the meantime, leave some comments below on what you think separates a scene you want to write from one that you don’t! 🙂

I’m interested in seeing what you guys think!

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Melissa Torrefranca

Hello writers of the world! I'm Melissa, the founder / designer of Teen Authors Journal. Although I create blog posts every Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time), I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing! I'd love to learn more about all of you, so please don't hesitate to shoot me a message! 🙂

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  • If I’m bored writing a scene I usually ask myself, “Izze, how can you make this even worse for your characters?” I find that making things as difficult as I possibly can then begs the question, “How do we get out?” When a character has a problem, the character must also have a solution. (Unless you’re writing “A Series of Unfortunate Events”)XD
    Sometimes this takes me down a completely different path than my outline has, but I can usually take a small detour and get back on. The key is making the detour important to the story though.

    • That’s some deep thoughts you got there! Seriously, had to reread that a few times and come up with some applications. Super cool how you mentioned that detour thing. I never even tried using something like that before. I would usually give up and just…restart…
      Love your mentality <3

  • Idk if this would work for everyone, but whenever I’m super bored with writing a scene, I’ll try to think of ways I can change the scene to make readers think “There’s no way this is canon. This has got to be fanfiction”

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