I'm wondering how other people keep facts straight in their head when all around them are losing the plot.
I'm working on far too many things at the moment. Thank goodness, now I'm finished the task, I can lay aside the novels I've been editing. But next, I face two immediate tasks.
The first is to work through critiques for Seaweed Ribbons, which is already finished but needs a good polish. I submit a chapter a week to my friends at The Internet Writing Workshop. Often I change the ongoing plot, which requires further work on the novel.
The second thing I need to do is complete Golden Strongbox, which is ¾ of the way through and has reached the climax of the story.
Even if you're not a writer, you must have similar dilemmas--things to organize, places to go and facts to remember when you meet a friend while you maintain a normal schedule in your daily life.
I tend to rely on lists. My husband and I write shopping lists and a weekly menu to stick to a budget.
But, in my writing, I rely on a chapter rundown, where I list all the things that happen, highlighting the passing days and any other pertinent information. During April, I didn't have time. In order to continue writing, I jumped in and wrote a scene each time I found a moment to spare. Looking back, I've got many facts wrong.
Okay. Back to the list-making.
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