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It's on the wall!

After many long months of agonizing over my work in progress, I read a bit of advice I'd seen numerous times before, and realized that I hadn't actually been giving myself enough time to THINK. So I changed my daily goal from writing, to thinking a minimum of two hours a day.

It resulted in this:

YAY, I was finally touching story again, and was able to carve off all the deadweight from my manuscript and move ahead with purpose. More importantly, that sick feeling of dread was gone. (Good riddance.)

Weirdly enough, though, I've worked this way before. Here's where I was tearing my hair out in 2009 trying to figure out how to wrap up the Channeling Morpheus series.
And here I am struggling with PsyCop in 2007...
So, I don't get it. Why did I stop this type of planning when I knew it worked?

What the heck, did I somehow not realize that I would just magically know what to type? How can you understand something so basic (writing is more than just typing, it's thinking) and then forget it? Maybe I'd moved to lengthier journaling-type planning and forgot the organizational power of the movable note.

Weird. But hooray. Now, onward.


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Nov. 24th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)

I'm glad that you are in a better place now. Not only but also for quite selfish reasons ;-)


Nov. 24th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad too! :-)
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I can't agree more about the need for time to think, to daydream, to imagine, to act little dramas out in your head. SO pleased to hear you've rediscovered your personal creative mojo. I'm not at all surprised.
Nov. 24th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
It's weird to forget those things.
Nov. 24th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
But I think most of us do sometimes (and, yes, it is weird. I know I've experienced it both in drawing and writing). I'm just delighted that you rediscovered your best way of working! Because it's a win for us, your eager readers, as well.
Nov. 24th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh I love notecards for planning. They are just fun as well as useful.
Nov. 24th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
There's something about moving the parts around that really helped things fall into place.
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Nov. 24th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think it's fascinating me right now in a different way...like how did I un-know how to go about this whole business?
Nov. 24th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Did you write a few shorts? Maybe some of the little side stories? Some things that didn't need too much thinking because you were already familiar with the characters and their interactions?

That might convince you that you didn't need to plan any more.

I used to go to sleep plotting scenes, dream of scenes and wake up plotting scenes (or just running them over and over with minor changes) and then I could go and write them down (only they usually changed again at that point). Now I just fall asleep or fret about work, can't remember my dreams and wake up wishing I could go back to sleep! :)
Nov. 24th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
I think I might've had multiple long stories in progress at once - which doesn't make any sense as to why I stopped my usual planning methods. I just recall working on Meatworks, Mnevermind II and Crash's novel all at once. Mnevermind II required more research than plotting, of watching videos until I could convincingly think like my protagonist. Maybe that did it. Hm...yeah...maybe that was it.
Nov. 24th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear you're in a better place. It's funny how quickly we forget what works only to remember later on.

I should really try your method...but I need to find a place in our house to put up those notes...must think on that...because it is a GREAT idea! I think it would help me keep things straight in my head way better than my current method.

YAY for you!!!!


ETA: Thinking is a good thing. I usually do mine in the shower, at the gym, when I'm walking the dog, & on the way home from dropping kid off at school and on the way to pick the kid up. Then I come home and frantically write up what I thought up in my head.

Edited at 2014-11-25 12:23 am (UTC)
Nov. 25th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
I just hit another thinking spot...I'm okay with it! I think I'm so impressed by my wall o' notes that I've given myself permission to think.
Nov. 25th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
YAY for thinking! I am actually in a thinking spot myself \0/ I love your wall of notes. I'm going to make my own...as soon as the parental units leave...

Edmond Manning
Nov. 26th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
Easy to forget
I think your observation "How can you understand something so basic...and then forget it?" is the cornerstone of human existence. We seem to have to remember these lessons over and over. I'm glad to have this pointed out to me, so thanks for the reminder. I have been scolding myself over word count and sure enough, discounting all the house I have channeled into figuring out plot points and how to pull certain things together.
Nov. 26th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Easy to forget
The mental shifts I brought about in realizing that I value the thinking part are significant. Rather than thinking, "Crap, my writing just petered out here," I think, "Oh, I need to think a while before more typing happens."
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