My brain isn’t exactly known for holding information. Writing a novel sure seems to need that skill, though.
It’s not that I just need to remember all the information, but I need to remember where all the information is. And I need to remember the character arcs, where they are in their arcing, where the plot is in its arcing, and whether the pacing is hitting the right points in the structure.
I’m not much of a re-writer, so when I hit a certain point, I have to start re-reading and re-reading and re-reading until it’s all up there well enough for me to move forward. I can’t do the outline thing and stuff.
To me, it all has to feel right and flow. I have to be in the words. I’ve always been the type of learner who has to know something so well, I don’t have to think about it. I can just feel it and do it.
Am I making any sense? I’m exhausted, LOL. I’ve re-read the first two-thirds of my manuscript four or five times today, and added a couple thousand words. And worked.
I spun my story all the way up, and now I have to let the rest spin out. Please, please, please, don’t let it fall out while I sleep.
So, tell me, please, how in the world do you hold it all in your head?