Injections, not just for turkeys anymore

I’m sad to say my current ms is dragging a little in the middle. I think it needs an injection of action, my go to for jazzing up scenes. Not only do action scenes make situations more exciting (for me) but they often give me ideas I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

And that got me thinking about what other writers do to pull their stories out of a lull. Some seem to not do anything, waiting for the more “boring” parts to sort themselves out, as if the author is saying that life can sometimes be boring. (I’m thinking here of endless travel, a situations that has never built tension for me.)

You could use love scenes, too, I suppose, just as long as there’s not one waiting on every page. That can start to, um, chafe. ^_^

Do you have any go-to’s in your writing when things start to get slow? Any kind of scene you prefer to read or write more than any other? (I’ve got stats, I know people are reading this. ^_^)

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8 thoughts on “Injections, not just for turkeys anymore

  1. You might want to look at some of the sub plots in your story. When there’s a passage of time or the main characters are on a journey, this is usually where I go back to one of the sub threads and start tying it to the main thread.

  2. I read, I just don’t have something to say to everything I read 🙂

    And I haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve only finished one novel, and now have decide to struggle with shorts for a while to attempt to practice endings. They’re not easy to get everything in — to only tell the important bits — but they’re easier in that if I have a boring bit, I really need to just cut it.

    One of the writer blogs I read recently (I think) said that if it helps you get to the next scene to write it, write it. But there’s a good chance that a boring bit can just get cut once you go back for editing. You need to write it to know in your head how one gets from point A to point B, but no one really needs to read it later. — That might make it easier. Might not. Luck with it.

  3. I cut out one subplot that just wouldn’t cooperate, and then had to fix all references to that incident. It cost me about 30,000 words but the story is better–I think.

    As for adding in excitement, I’ve started killing characters. Wait, I guess that’s more cutting, isn’t it?

  4. I use sub plots to break long sections. Either to add interest if not so much is happening, or to build suspense at a dramatic moment.

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