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 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.