Things I (Hope) I Know

I’m trying hard to stick to my THINGS I KNOW list as I figure out story/plot issues before starting my second draft.

Yesterday I added a bunch of details to the list, including one that raised the stakes.

Yesterday I felt pretty good about the process.

Today?

Today I’m reading through pages of notes I wrote during the first draft. 

I’m back to those feelings of panic and overwhelm.

Which ideas are usable?

What should I ignore?

I read those notes and lose all focus as my brain scampers off on some A.D.D.-inspired field trip.  Maybe this should happen.  Maybe that.  How about such and such? 

Someone needs to give my brain a good talking to.

 

29 thoughts on “Things I (Hope) I Know

  1. Surely, I’m not the one to give your brain what-for. I’d probably join your cerebellum on its adventure! BUT, I dropped by to say hello, and also to tell you that I sooooo relate.
    (HUGS)

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    • That’s the perfect picture for how I’m feeling! HA!
      Thanks for the commiseration, Melodye, even though you refused to give my brain the what-for. πŸ™‚ Guess that’s up to me.

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  2. Surely, I’m not the one to give your brain what-for. I’d probably join your cerebellum on its adventure! BUT, I dropped by to say hello, and also to tell you that I sooooo relate.
    (HUGS)

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  3. Surely, I’m not the one to give your brain what-for. I’d probably join your cerebellum on its adventure! BUT, I dropped by to say hello, and also to tell you that I sooooo relate.

    (HUGS)

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  4. Maybe this is why I don’t take notes before writing — I’m also the type who panics a bit when I see everything all outlined, like I’ve lost my freedom. I think I’m a little schizophrenic in my approach — part of me wants the structure, but another part is terrified of it.
    Sounds like you have a good foundation, though — hope the writing goes extremely well!! πŸ˜€

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    • I wasn’t reading outline notes but general notes made along the way as I discovered more about my characters and/or plot. Much of it makes sense but some of the stuff I wrote puts me right back in the “maybe this, maybe that” plot mode. And that’s where the panic comes in.
      I think you’re right about the foundation and I’m going to try and focus on that. Thanks, Robin!

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  5. Maybe this is why I don’t take notes before writing — I’m also the type who panics a bit when I see everything all outlined, like I’ve lost my freedom. I think I’m a little schizophrenic in my approach — part of me wants the structure, but another part is terrified of it.
    Sounds like you have a good foundation, though — hope the writing goes extremely well!! πŸ˜€

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  6. Maybe this is why I don’t take notes before writing — I’m also the type who panics a bit when I see everything all outlined, like I’ve lost my freedom. I think I’m a little schizophrenic in my approach — part of me wants the structure, but another part is terrified of it.

    Sounds like you have a good foundation, though — hope the writing goes extremely well!! πŸ˜€

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  7. That’s the perfect picture for how I’m feeling! HA!
    Thanks for the commiseration, Melodye, even though you refused to give my brain the what-for. πŸ™‚ Guess that’s up to me.

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  8. That’s the perfect picture for how I’m feeling! HA!

    Thanks for the commiseration, Melodye, even though you refused to give my brain the what-for. πŸ™‚ Guess that’s up to me.

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  9. I wasn’t reading outline notes but general notes made along the way as I discovered more about my characters and/or plot. Much of it makes sense but some of the stuff I wrote puts me right back in the “maybe this, maybe that” plot mode. And that’s where the panic comes in.
    I think you’re right about the foundation and I’m going to try and focus on that. Thanks, Robin!

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  10. I wasn’t reading outline notes but general notes made along the way as I discovered more about my characters and/or plot. Much of it makes sense but some of the stuff I wrote puts me right back in the “maybe this, maybe that” plot mode. And that’s where the panic comes in.

    I think you’re right about the foundation and I’m going to try and focus on that. Thanks, Robin!

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  11. My fuzzy brain can not be of any help at the moment.
    But thinking is good, I think. Or I used to, or something.
    See–feeling better about your own brain right about now. Glad I could help.

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    • Fuzzy-brained input is always welcome when it comes from a friend, Linda. Thanks for validating that mine isn’t the only one having a little trouble right now. πŸ™‚
      Hope you’re feeling a bit better these days.

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  12. My fuzzy brain can not be of any help at the moment.
    But thinking is good, I think. Or I used to, or something.
    See–feeling better about your own brain right about now. Glad I could help.

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  13. My fuzzy brain can not be of any help at the moment.

    But thinking is good, I think. Or I used to, or something.

    See–feeling better about your own brain right about now. Glad I could help.

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  14. I have periods of being overwhelmed with all the potential changes and possible directions of a ms. I hope you get it sorted out soon. It always makes me a little bonkers when I’m going through it.
    I’ve been meaning to ask you: How many mss have you written? I’ve gotten the impression you have several in the works or complete?

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    • You feel that overwhelm too? How do you deal with it? Any tips will be sincerely appreciated.
      N is just subbing the second ms this week and I’m working on a third MG right now. How about you? You write MG, too, right?

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      • Yes, yes, I feel that! I think I do what it sounds like you’re doing. Organizing makes me calm down a bit. I like to see everything on one page, so I can focus better — so I try to succinctly write all possibilities, directions, etc., and then mull it over. Sometimes, tho, if it’s too overwhelming, I just choose and begin to write. I do end up throwing some of those new scenes away, but the act of writing calms me and helps me to figure things out, to see what’s working and what’s not.
        I write MG & lower YA. Good luck on N subbing your ms! πŸ™‚

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  15. I have periods of being overwhelmed with all the potential changes and possible directions of a ms. I hope you get it sorted out soon. It always makes me a little bonkers when I’m going through it.
    I’ve been meaning to ask you: How many mss have you written? I’ve gotten the impression you have several in the works or complete?

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  16. I have periods of being overwhelmed with all the potential changes and possible directions of a ms. I hope you get it sorted out soon. It always makes me a little bonkers when I’m going through it.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you: How many mss have you written? I’ve gotten the impression you have several in the works or complete?

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  17. Fuzzy-brained input is always welcome when it comes from a friend, Linda. Thanks for validating that mine isn’t the only one having a little trouble right now. πŸ™‚
    Hope you’re feeling a bit better these days.

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  18. Fuzzy-brained input is always welcome when it comes from a friend, Linda. Thanks for validating that mine isn’t the only one having a little trouble right now. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re feeling a bit better these days.

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  19. You feel that overwhelm too? How do you deal with it? Any tips will be sincerely appreciated.
    N is just subbing the second ms this week and I’m working on a third MG right now. How about you? You write MG, too, right?

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  20. You feel that overwhelm too? How do you deal with it? Any tips will be sincerely appreciated.

    N is just subbing the second ms this week and I’m working on a third MG right now. How about you? You write MG, too, right?

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  21. Yes, yes, I feel that! I think I do what it sounds like you’re doing. Organizing makes me calm down a bit. I like to see everything on one page, so I can focus better — so I try to succinctly write all possibilities, directions, etc., and then mull it over. Sometimes, tho, if it’s too overwhelming, I just choose and begin to write. I do end up throwing some of those new scenes away, but the act of writing calms me and helps me to figure things out, to see what’s working and what’s not.
    I write MG & lower YA. Good luck on N subbing your ms! πŸ™‚

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  22. Yes, yes, I feel that! I think I do what it sounds like you’re doing. Organizing makes me calm down a bit. I like to see everything on one page, so I can focus better — so I try to succinctly write all possibilities, directions, etc., and then mull it over. Sometimes, tho, if it’s too overwhelming, I just choose and begin to write. I do end up throwing some of those new scenes away, but the act of writing calms me and helps me to figure things out, to see what’s working and what’s not.

    I write MG & lower YA. Good luck on N subbing your ms! πŸ™‚

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