Advice, Fiction, Motivation, Tips, Writing

It’s always about chocolate!

First, let me define a “candy-bar” scene. It’s one that you’re just itching to write — something sweet enough that you can dangle it on a stick in front of yourself so that you can say, “When I’ve done these next three chapters, I’ll get to write that one. – Holly Lisle

chocolatesDuring one of my marathon click this link, then click this link, then click this link sessions, I stumbled across the above quote from Holly Lisle.

She advises that you write only one sentence—a teaser—to keep you writing toward it. I do this in my Scenes file. I create a Word document in which I list the scene descriptions, including the “candy bar” scenes. As I write, I go back and detail what happens in each scene, including the story-time date it takes place, if applicable. I also add the page and chapter number after the last scene in a chapter.

But I’m not overly strict about the one sentence rule. Sometimes I “see” the scene played out and I have to write it down. Sometimes I “hear” only the dialogue and need to record it before I lose it. So, I have other files: one for each character, titled [Character Name] Notes, and this is where I write bits and pieces that will be incorporated into full scenes at some point.

For me, chocolate doesn’t get any better than truffles, so I have a pineapple truffle I’ve almost written up to and a raspberry not too far off. Yummmm!

21 thoughts on “It’s always about chocolate!”

  1. This is not something I need to see on a Friday morning before breakfast.

    But I take your point. Many of my poems and stories come from a line I’ve heard in my head or out of someone’s mouth. They tempt me until they’re written.


    1. Ah, you see, I could write that without any problem because I only eat chocolate ocassionally. Now, if she had used pizza as an incentive, well …. 🙂


  2. I really like idea of setting down one line, or a few. I usually just have a “what it will be about” line, this is much juicier … thanks. (I also would have had a harder time with pizza.)


    1. If I get only an idea of what the scene will be about, I record just a line or two, but when I get a few lines of dialogue for my upcoming treat scenes, I feel compelled to record all of that … just the dialogue, no action. I know when I reread the dialogue, I’ll remember the action I “saw.”


  3. That’s awesome. I love that quote. 🙂 I am a huge truffle fan too. How come I didn’t know this about you? We must get together and eat truffles.


  4. Oh yeah, when it comes to me, I’ve got to get it all down RIGHT THEN. There’s no writing down one line, one piece of dialogue, one description. If the words are flowing, I write them — because the next moment, they might be lost! My chocolate melts fast 🙂


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