scary writing moments (two)

Scary Writing Moment #1

When you figure out that, before you start working on the next chapter, you should really assemble and organize all the notes you have. They’re on your phone and on your computer and in the cloud and on various pieces of paper — and you need to pull them together before you go on.

It’s going to be a lot of work, and you’ll procrastinate about doing it, but it’s going to be worth it when it’s done.

 
Scary Writing Moment #2

When you go through all of those notes, collect them and get them all organized, and realize that pretty much all of them apply to the chapters you’ve written already.

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2 Responses to scary writing moments (two)

  1. Maggie says:

    Scary writing moment three: When you’re compiling your handwritten notes and you can’t figure out what in the world you wrote because you wrote very hastily and your pen’s ink smeared.

  2. I have some competence in this area myself. There are some times that my handwriting is so bad that, even with un-smeared ink, I baffle myself.

    Sometimes my notes are so cryptic that, even when they were typed into a computer or phone, I have no idea. When that happens, I put a question mark after the note [in parens: (?)] and then, after I’ve looked at it a few times, I delete the whole note because it’s too embarrassing that I can’t figure it out.

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