I have a terrible memory. Readers of my blog will not find this surprising, as it’s something I’ve mentioned many times before. Or have I? I can’t remember.
Right. So, I have a terrible memory. Which can make writing very difficult, as where other writers would be working on a scene and think, “Hmm, did I already mention this earlier? Yup, I did. Okay, moving on,” I go through the following thought process:
Did I already mention this earlier? Yup, I did. Or did I? I should probably check …
*Scrolls back through manuscript to appropriate section. Finds nothing.*
Okay, I’m good. So I can mention it here, and then … hang on. I definitely talked about this. I’m like 73% sure I did. Maybe it was in a different section?
*Starts at beginning of manuscript and starts scrolling. Halfway through Chapter 3, notices a typo.*
Dammit. How did I manage to misspell “the”? It’s three freaking letters! Hang on, I remember this scene being funny. Let me just read a bit … no, she wouldn’t say that, let’s change it … ha! Good one, Michelle. This bit should be longer though, to drive home the joke …
*Three hours later.*
What was I doing again?
As a result, writing tends to take a while.
This blog post was brought on by my valiant attempts to write the first draft of Cerulean Bound, in which I introduce the space rock band Hail Oblivion. The drummer is currently named both Flurgeluff and Snorgeluff, as I apparently changed his name halfway through and didn’t notice until I went back to double-check the spelling. In my defense, I got the second half of the name correct, and that’s really all that matters, right?
Wrong. I seem to be incapable of remembering characters’ names. I’m lucky I remember my own name half the time. Then again, I grew up with my father frequently referring to me as “Cocoa,” which was our dog’s name, so I suspect it’s genetic.
In conclusion, remembering things is hard.
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I have moments like those, but I found a way around the scrolling. As long as the program allows it, do a ‘Find’ for any keywords used for whatever you’re doing. Not a perfect method, but it saves on time.