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Monday, September 13, 2010

Brain Farts

This past week I wrote Aubrie an email. “I was wondering why you haven’t posted recently.” I didn’t come off that nice, I’m sure. I was probably more like, “OMG we need you! Are you tired? What has happened? Is there a meteorite about to hit the planet?” She calmly responded, “Oh no, I may have the wrong schedule. I have that there is a break in the beginning of September.” I say, oh no oh no, and look at the schedule. Well gash, darn. I wrote a break in the beginning of September. Well I’ll be. I posted my story last week. Well, don’t I feel like the back end of something big and hairy.

This happens to me a lot, but to be particular as to the subjects of this blog, in writing also. I’ll have the plot all set up, the characters somewhat-developed, then *blam*. Something from earlier in the MS is forgotten and hits me upside the head later on. How do I figure this in? Or I’ve been stuck for a gazillion months on what to do next, and now…

I guess this happens so much because I write linearly. I get an idea, have some more ideas, and start writing. See where it goes. Those things change depending on how long I spend writing the book. I’ll spend a long time figuring out a plot turn. Some have taken me years. Then I’ll start writing again. The brain farts come both when I’m stuck because of something that has happened, or when I write something that conflicts with something that happened before.

Best thing to do about a brain fart is to let it go, find a way to work around it. It could be worse. Everything in a plot os fixable, just takes time and patience for the right way through to come about.

5 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

It's okay, Lisa. It happens to everyone.

And, you are right. The best thing to do about those moments is to let it go and find a way around it. *grins*

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Blips on the mental radar happens to everyone living. I wonder if vampires have them? Nah. They probably drain the witnesses if they do.

Have a great week, Roland

Aubrie said...

This is so funny! You had me scared for awhile thinking I wasn't doing my job! :)

I'm glad it all worked out and don't feel bad!

Justine Dell said...

Even the best plans have small little bumps. ;-) It's happens.

Oh, and I thought I was the only person who used the term "brain fart." So glad to know I'm not. :o)

~JD

Sheila Deeth said...

Blip.
And arghghgh.
And writing to see where it goes... Did some editing today though, and finally figured where to fit than chainmail in.