I was trying to write a specific scene yesterday, but it kept going sideways. Too much exposition (which lead to me posting about exposition), too much derailment, too much stuff that just didn’t work.
So today at work I was tired and bored, so I wrote on my breaks. The first one, which was yet another take on the same damned scene had a bit better flow, but it still wasn’t working.
2nd break, I skipped ahead in the story and ta-da! it was flowing. Sadly, 15 minutes isn’t a lot of time to write.
I am still carrying a lot of writing beliefs that are not helping me. Insisting on starting at the beginning (rather than just writing what’s in my head) is one of them.
But one of the pluses of writing outside of nanowrimo is that I no longer feel like I need to finish the story asap. Now it’s okay to try a scene over and over again. I get frustrated, but only because it isn’t working right, not because I need it to work so I can get on to the next bit as quickly as possible.