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.
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.