I’ve heard this piece of advice before but haven’t realized how efficient it is or how much I tend to use it in my own writing :
The Sweet Kiss Goodbye
Think of it like this- You’re husband/wife/S.O. is leaving to go to work and you give’em a quick peck before you see them off- signaling you’ll miss them (a little) but you’ve got stuff to do- your own day ahead of you and frankly- they aren’t the first thing on your mind.
Now, what if you were to send them off with a fall-of-your-chair passionate mouth melter that left them wondering (first and foremost-) ‘What the hell’s gotten into her?’ and later thinking ‘I can’t WAIT till I get home tonight!’
That is what you want to do to you manuscript every time you log out of word. Um, and no, I’m not talking about making out with your computer screen, you bunch of sickos.
I’m talking about taking a break right before a big scene- something you’ve been looking forward to and working towards.
Not only does this give you the time to daydream about how you want to execute it but it will also have you chomping at the bit (the second time I’ve ever used this expression. I swear.) to get back to your writing.
It can be an important scene between characters or a major plot twist- anything that has had your creative juices flowing for awhile. Don’t leave you’re manuscript before having already set the scene. Scene setting (for me) is the worst- because I have to brainstorm on how to effectively get my MC where they need to be for the juicy stuff without breaking pace or including boring info and it’s HARD and will have me avoiding my computer as though it has bad breath and a five o’clock shadow.
I use the momentum given by writing one captivating scene to push me through the setting for the next and then stop riiight as things are getting interesting.
How about you? Do you tend to use the ‘Sweet Kiss Goodbye’ in order to keep the love alive?