Please tell me I’m not the only one . . .

I’ve been adrift in my WIP but this morning felt a renewed sense of purpose about the book.  I realized it was time for the dry erase board so I could visually map out the story.  I gathered all my materials in one place and started talking aloud because that’s how I process best.  I decided to start by mapping out the big ending scene because while I’ve had a general idea about it from day one, I needed more details so that I could understand characters’ motivations as I continue writing earlier scenes.

I uncapped a stinky marker and started listing the things I already knew about the big ending scene.  It wasn’t a whole lot so I referred to my legal pad to check for other details I’d missed.

Oh my.

I’d completely forgotten about this.  On September 20 I wrote three pages of notes, the majority of which concern the big ending scene.  I wrote details out the wazoo but somehow, somehow, I’d managed to forget them.

Has this ever happened to you?  Please tell me I’m not the only one.  I mean, I know I’ve killed some brain cells over the years and that I’ve been under some Wildebeest-induced stress these past weeks but right now I’m feeling embarrassed and somewhat alarmed.

                         

14 thoughts on “Please tell me I’m not the only one . . .

  1. Nope,you’re not the only one. It happens to me more than I care to remember. lol I even tried to write each days accomplishments in my Calender section of Outlook but nine times out of ten, I would forget to post it. *sigh*

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  2. God, yeah. I forget so many things that it’s scary! My husband does too. I think it’s busy brain syndrome – too many things to keep track of, both real and fictional (requiring twice the brainpower of non-writing peeps). At least I hope that’s what it is. My grandmother did actually have Alzheimer’s in her 80’s so I worry about it sometimes (until I forget to worry and start looking for my latest misplaced item again). Umm, what were we just talking about?

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  3. Oh, yes, I’ve done this! There are times when I’ll have an entire idea mapped out — and then forget all about it until I happen to unearth the notes, months later. you are not alone πŸ™‚
    (And I’m glad you found your notes!)

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  4. Oh, yes, I’ve done this! There are times when I’ll have an entire idea mapped out — and then forget all about it until I happen to unearth the notes, months later. you are not alone πŸ™‚

    (And I’m glad you found your notes!)

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    • Exactly!
      I’ve grown accustomed to that whole thing when I walk into a room and then stand there, struggling to remember why I came into that room. But this whole plotting thing threw me for a loop.

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  5. Exactly!

    I’ve grown accustomed to that whole thing when I walk into a room and then stand there, struggling to remember why I came into that room. But this whole plotting thing threw me for a loop.

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