Day 87 – Fast-paced scenes make for fast-paced writing

Day eighty-seven of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 1,200

I sprung into writing today at the beginning of a fast-paced scene. I have so much fun writing those. One reason they are fun is how the words just fly onto the page. I wrote for under an hour and hammered out 1,200 words without breaking a sweat. I don’t want to say it was easy, but as far as how the writing came to me, it was.

I am always learning about the creative process. I have learned how the fast-paced scenes are the most enjoyable to write, while the slower-paced ones tend feel…well, slower to write. Hello, Captain Obvious. But seriously, I find it interesting that the type of scene I am writing dictates my writing experience. I suppose it is rather silly for me to think otherwise, that my writing experience would be the same no matter what I was writing. I know that it is not. I experience the emotions while I write the characters’ experience of them. I feel it as I write it. If I didn’t, I don’t think it would be very good writing.

Tonight, I wrote a fast-paced scene that was dark, dramatic and uncertain, causing me to feel anxious, nervous and worried. Fight or flight ensued. The words spilled out as I hit the keys, my fingers and focus being driven by anxiety and maybe even some adrenaline. So the words came to me faster and I typed with hyper-speed, banging on the keys with aggressive purpose. I don’t think I ever realized it before, but it is coming clear to me now that my viscerally empathetic responses shape not only my experience of writing a scene, but also what will be the experience of the reader. This is yet another reason to love books, and especially, to love writing them.