Seriously, you’d think I’d learn.

I made the first half of edits to Under His Roof part Trois (yet unnamed, because goddamn it, I’m bad at titles, too). About a third of the way through the edits, I started jotting down pretend dates, just to be sure things lined up. This novella covers Christmas, Valentine’s Day, a birth, and a wedding. As I was reading it, I realized that there’s no way it could work the way I’d written it.

Damn it.

Luckily, I’m used to this, because every book I write has this exact same problem. You’d think I’d learn. After getting slightly more frustrated than I should’ve, I closed my laptop, walked around the block, took a few deep breaths, and then returned. Ordered a refill coffee, sat my ass back down, spread out the pages, and fixed the things.

I pushed around an accident, killed a scene, and changed some minor details. I think it’s squared away now.

The next book I write, I’m gonna try to actually outline. Think ahead. If I pretend I’m capable of that, and maybe it’ll work?

Fake it ’til you make it, baby.

(Hey GUESS WHAT?! I worked today! It was glorious. Almost three whole hours. Boom.)




Filed under Book-speak, Musings and Reflections

3 responses to “I AM SO BAD AT TIMELINES

  1. I don’t like outlining and I am bad at time lines too. I like to be vague- that’s a writing device, right? Or if I realize I did reference a season or something and now their clothes don’t match I will call it ‘unseasonably’ warm or cold, depending.
    Congrats on getting it all squared away!

    • Being vague is definitely fine. I just occasionally get tripped up in having a million things happen over a few nights, without proper flowing ahead (When I wrote Under Order, my friend read it and was like, “Dude, you just had her become a slave, get fucked, wear a buttplug, and do all this other crazy shit she wouldn’t be prepared for in the span of a week”)… And in the case of this current novella, it’s spanning over a long period of time and I wanted to include major holidays, so I messed myself up by not planning ahead.

      Either way works, though, as long as you’re okay with catching errors in the editing process and sorting it out later rather than earlier. :)

  2. GW

    Not, I concede, suitable if you are writing out of the house like it sounds like you were there, but a whiteboard could well turn out to be your best friend.

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