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DUH! OH!

I’ve been writing daily, as per NPI requirements. Okay, so I might have missed a day somewhere and been completely unsure whether I had any reprieve days left, but I’m still writing, and hoping I’m safe. The point is, I’m WRITING, actually sitting down even on the days I don’t feel like it (and boy, there are lots lately), and putting words on the page.

That said, I’ve been floundering, a lot. I have been tired and flat, and I fear that’s coming out in my story. I keep looking at old scenes and thinking ‘what was the point of that?’ and for some reason thinking there WAS a point, but being unable to think of it.

This is an example of how sleep deprivation sucks. Because before I started writing, I made scene notes. Scene notes of the original draft, and then further notes on how to strengthen the threads of the story I was keeping, and which bits I was ditching. And I closed those notes several days ago and completely forgotten about them.

DUH!

WriterFAIL.

How could I forget that I was being organized this time around? Trying to get the story straight, and not flounder…. Well, I did forget. The upside of this is that I’ve found my way again and had a wonderful OH! moment when I realized that THIS is why people plan.

So that they don’t flounder. So that they never have to think about how they have probably lost their way. So that they can refer to the notes and keep on track with where the story is meant to be going.

Got it! Lesson learned! I may never close OneNote again.

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8 thoughts on “DUH! OH!”

  1. heehee, I think we’ve all had those facepalm moments (what was her name again? what is she doing in this forest? Isn’t that her brother, not her lover? Ha!)
    I totally need more post its and clips for my index cards decorating my computer/computer desk…the next trick: ensuring that all the cards are updated frequently! 😉
    Happy writing to you!

    1. Thanks, Liza! I would love to be able to have post it notes and stuff. I am pretty sure the mini-me’s would come and steal them all and I’d be worse off than now! lol
      Not long til November starts now! Good luck 🙂

  2. I find that when I’m having my stupid days (and they are far too frequent) it helps to work on something else for a bit. I like to have several things going at once so that when I run out of steam on one of them I can switch to something else. At the moment I have my blog, a couple of other blogs that I get paid for, some articles, an ebook and the short stories that I am in the process of polishing. The key, it seems to me, is to write, not necessarily to push the words but to allow them to pull you.

  3. I’ve definitely been there more times than I’d like to admit. What’s really helped me is keeping a writing journal about each scene or chapter, so I can refer to it to find out what I was thinking that day.

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