April 13th, 2010

wayfaring wordhack

Very (VERY!) Important Note to Self

Please remember, next time you have a brilliant idea about a particular story problem or angle, you must--must!--write it down. In detail.

Vivid, excruciating detail.  No matter how evident you think it is at the time.

Novels, especially your novels, do not write themselves in a day, nor a fortnight; and your brain, as amazing as it is, cannot retain every aha! and what-if? it comes up with and then produce said ahas! and what-ifs? whenever you ask. Certainly not if you ask 4 years after the fact. As is the current case.

Painful Painstaking note-taking is your friend.