Right now I’m working on a website and it’s giving me fits! Yes, I know I could be writing, but hey, this is my day job. The problem is certain elements in the website just don’t want to fit correctly no matter how I wiggle, tweak or bribe them, they just refuse to work.
Then I noticed that it was nearly noon and today was my day to post. Yikes! With my mind cluttered full of coding mumbo-jumbo, it was hard to think of a topic that pertains to writing and then it hit me! Duh! What can we do with our writing to make things go right again? We tweak it, move stuff around and even beg the oh mighty muse to help us out. But what happens when it’s still not right? What do we do then?
Cry, scream and cuss at the screen? Maybe…
No, what we do is go back to when things were right and see how we managed to get off that comfortable path. For a pantster this is really difficult because we often go down several paths and never know what one might lead to. Now those of you who plot, plan and have glorious spreadsheets, I wonder how you got lost in the first place. But admit it, you have something to fall back on.
With websites you generally start to looking for little typos in your coding. Like those pesky semi-colons that always cause so much havoc if not there. Sadly this will not work in a plot. But you can look at your chapters and perhaps pin-point a paragraph or sentence that left you drifting in “I don’t know what’s going on” land.
Your turn to share: Have you got lost in your wip and something didn’t work? How did you might it right again? Readers, have you read a book where the author went off on a different plot line than you had expected? Did the book recover it’s storyline?