I cannot count how many times I've been told to just skip a scene that is giving me troubles and move on. I'm not sure if that means I have troubles a lot or if that's the common suggestion given by most people. For my own sanity, I'm going to lean towards the latter.
Regardless, every time I am told that, I have the urge to roll my eyes and snort at the person like a snobby cat. I always refrain, of course, since they're just trying to be helpful and I adore them for it. However, I truly do not understand the logic behind "skipping a scene." Oh sure, I understand that you will at least be working on something useful, rather than sitting there glaring at the screen like it just declared war. That can lead to burnout rather quick, in my experience. And who knows, you might even break through the block you're having with the Trouble Scene and voila, all problems solved. Or are they?
As someone who falls under the "planster" category (a weird hybrid mix between a "panster" and a "plotter"), I don't always know what the next scene will entail. While I generally have the next few scenes in my story brainstormed, I don't know the scenes. I may be insane (which I am, but that doesn't help this point I'm about to make), but doesn't a story build on itself throughout the book? What goes on in chapter 1 and let’s say chapter 8, sets the stage for what happens in chapters 12 and 26. Right? As writers, we layer everything. So even though I may have "plotted" out the next scene, how can I really know what is going to happen in the Trouble Scene and move on? Won’t the Trouble Scene affect the next scene? Heck yes it will! Or at least, it should.
So how can you skip a scene and move on to the next one? If you do that, did you really need that original scene in the first place? What do you guys think? Have you ever been able to skip a scene and move on? Has it ever worked for you?