I’m absolutely certain I added to a scene in the earlier chapters of my novel but when I went back to read that particular segment over, the additions weren’t there. So I thought I’d opened the wrong version of the file. Whenever I work on it for a while, I save it as a new file and include the current date in the filename. So I checked a couple of other earlier versions and what I was looking for wasn’t there either. Then I thought, well maybe it wasn’t in the scene I thought it was so I took all my smaller files (3 chapters in length) and combined them into one, saved the new file with a new name and today’s date then did a search on one of the characters who was in that particular scene.
I think the gremlins have been afoot because it wasn’t anywhere to be found yet I distinctly remember writing it. I don’t get it…
I know we writers sometimes hear voices in our heads, was that all this was or did I really do it and have managed to delete it? I know when I type on my laptop, I can sometimes end up doing some pretty bizarre things when I accidentally hit the onboard mouse.
Either that or one of my noctural inspirations was so realistic, I truly believed I’d written it. I just know the original scene was extremely short and I needed to add to it.
I have to admit, I’m not the most conscientious person when it comes to writing something on my blog every day. Mind you, I can say the same for writing anything every day. I’m excluding work because there are a certain number of things I must document on a daily basis. I’m talking about creative writing. Using my imagination. There are times when my creative thinking comes in fits and starts and other times when it doesn’t come at all.
But I did manage to get some scenes revised… plot bunnies corralled and such from earlier chapters of my novel. That might sound like revising to some but in order to do it, I had a lot of “new” writing in there. And I’ve got some ideas percolating for another scene I have to write for further along.
I thought when I wrote the manuscript for my second novel – The Anniversary – I was weird because I wrote it as it came to me. If a scene presented itself, I wrote it and worried about how and where it was going later on. However, after attending the workshop a little over a week ago, I found I’m not so strange after all. That was one of the things mentioned to keep you motivated. Don’t try to write linear. If an idea comes to you, get it down and worry about the small stuff later.
Something else that was mentioned is when you have those noctural inspirations, rather than try to write them on paper which you’d never be able to read come morning (especially if you tried writing in the dark), write your thoughts in the air. Supposedly, this will help keep it in your head. Unfortunately, since then I’ve not had a good nocturnal brainwave to be able to test this theory on.
Saturday was Brian Henry day for me. The workshop was on “How to Make Yourself Write”. After going through a long funk over the summer where I had no desire to write and did everything I possibly could to NOT write, I decided I needed this workshop.
Like all the other Brian Henry workshops I’ve attended, this one has me energized and ready to get those words either on paper or onto my computer.
Yeah!!! I’m motivated again!
Well this past Wednesday came and went and still nothing in the weekly paper. I shouldn’t say that… there was a photo of the President giving the Award of Merit to one of the members of the historical society. I’ll wait and watch for next week’s edition and see what happens then.