What do you mean ‘things keel over’?
Exactly that. Last month I participated in “Nanowrimo” (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth). A mad race against yourself to write a novel in a month. I love challenges like that. Note that I didn’t write a naturist novel, my alter ego (ehem) writes more mainstream fantasy and science fiction.
In doing so (I almost wrote 300 pages) I lost track of where I was going in the chapter I was writing for Mirror Earth 3. Sarah (you’ll need to know Mirror Earth and Mirror Earth 2 to know who Sarah is) was going to do something. When I got back to the scene after November I stared at the words and my mind went ‘all righty then… what were you going to do here?’
This means that I still dislike my mind because I have no answer for it.
The scene was well over one page already but no matter how long I looked at it, read it, thought about it… nothing popped up. Well bugger, as they say in England. I trashed the scene, read back to where things were still making sense and sat down to compose a completely new twist to the chapter.
It’s not the first time.
I’ve had this happen before because I’ve done Nanowrimo more than once. That doesn’t mean I’m getting used to it. Each time I promise myself to be more careful and to take better notes on where I’m going with a scene, and each time I fall into the same pit.
You’d think I’d have learnt after 7 years, right? Well, wrong. Next time though. I’m sure. I think. 😀
The good thing about happenings like this is that the new scene usually is better than the one that I discarded. So far it looks like it. I threw out 400 words and I have regenerated 300 fresh ones yesterday. Words that make someone freak out (in chapter 31) over…. oh, wait, I shouldn’t divulge that.
I’ll get back to Mirror Earth 3 today. And to Naked Crow 7, another story I lost touch with, but that hasn’t grown large yet. I can pick that up again after browsing the last few chapters. I just need to figure out who got shot there, and how many people. (Yes, there is some actual shooting of people happening in Naked Crow 7. Trust me. I’ve made / will make it happen.)