In my current WIP we'll call, The One with a Ghost, or TOWAG, I had a scene all mapped out in my mind. It was going to be a very tender scene that would make everyone cry. Or roll their eyes. Whatever.
But when I finally sat down to write it, I forgot where I was going with it. First I tried it as a flashback from my hero's POV, which didn't work. I got halfway through the flashback and stopped. Then I tried having him reflect upon the memory, but stopped that scene as well, clueless where to go.
I really try to avoid flashbacks if I can, but sometimes I really can't resist them. Plus, the way my hero grows up explains a lot about the man now. But I seriously had no idea where I was going with this one.
That's when I created the Discarded Scenes file. Or, as the title of this blog indicates, The Island of Misfit Scenes. This file is going to be for those scenes that I didn't finish or that didn't quite belong where I was trying to fit them. Maybe I'll need them later. Maybe I won't. And maybe I'll even find a different way to express this memory from his past and it'll be still there for me to grab.
Now I just need to figure out a new scene...