When it comes to doing just about anything, I know that I need to spend every moment doing something that’s fulfilling and worthy. That’s why I spend most of my day at work sitting here staring off into space or refreshing the same websites over and over again. I haven’t quite got the time management thing figured out, but I’ll spend time working on that later.
Anyway, when it comes to playing games, watching movies, reading books and writing books, it’s the fun stuff that matters. When I’m watching Lord of the Rings and any part with the ents comes on I have to fight the urge to fast forward. Sure, anything worth saying takes a long time to say, but could you hurry it up please and thank you, I’m on a schedule here. You might be out saving Middle Earth but I’m sitting here and my snack is getting cold.
While I won’t always skip parts I find boring, the temptation is always there. I know media is highly subjective, so what I find boring others might find completely enthralling. But I still find myself occasionally wondering why on earth some parts were added in.
Okay, so there needs to be something to even out the action and excitement. There needs to be downtime. And I’m sure creators don’t mean for it to be boring! But darnit sometimes it is. The question is, how can you get around that?
I tend to write what I like to read. When it comes to downtime, there are still things you can do to make things interesting. Inject some humor. Gloss over events that don’t really need to be explained, focus on some dialogue and growth and character development and things. Now, not everything has to have a purpose, but this doesn’t mean you should chuck random filler in there either. Also, if your characters are deep and interesting, people will be more forgiving. I’m more than willing to brave dull scenes if cool characters are in them.
So when it comes to what I like, sometimes I’ll skip over the dull scenes. And honestly I’ve never really felt like I’ve missed much. I try not to skip if only because I’m a completionist, but sometimes it’s just too hard to keep going. It could be called a bad habit but if I’m not really pulled into whatever I’m doing, it’s not an enjoyable experience.
Do you ever skip over the boring parts? Do you feel skipper’s guilt or are you confident that time enjoyed is time well spent?