I’ve been busy with my latest project that I’m calling Cruise Control. No one likes that name including me. But here’s the deal. I’m writing along, and then I realize, I’ve completely forgotten what I did with X in a previous chapter. Now some writers can bookmark the issue and keep writing. Just get it down, fix it later.
I try. Really I do. I even wish I could.
But it’s like a fish bone caught in a cat’s throat. CAak!. CAaak! CAaaaak!!
It must be remedied. Now.
So I confess, I’ve been doing more rewriting lately than writing. In chapter 8, he walks in the back door to the living room, but when she walks in the back door via chapter 21, suddenly she’s in the kitchen. No the DIY House Crashers didn’t remodel between chapters. I just blew it. And it must be remedied. Now.
All the advice books tell you to plow on, but I need to go back and straighten my furrows. Otherwise, my seeds may not grow as lush as I hope. Maybe I’m afraid I’ll forget about it.
Or maybe I’m just neurotic. That’s a distinct possibility.
In the mean time, I plow on just not always forward. I like driving in reverse, too.
How about you? Can you resist the urge to fix your work as you go?
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