Occasionally, I’ve written something and thought it good, but when I’ve gone back to it after several weeks, I’ve found it muddled or lacking logic. I think this is fairly common. In novel writing, things can easily go wrong for a number of reasons, usually due to lack of proper planning or relying too much on copy and paste.
Elsewhere, I’ve talked about various techniques that can help:
- Keeping lists of story questions
- Brainstorming for ideas
- Rotating the viewpoints
- Considering the driving forces behind the story
- Tackling writer’s block
- Dealing with opening sections
At the moment, I’m relying on a written summary I typed dealing with the antagonists, their motives and personal histories. I read through the typed plan every day before I start to write and make notes to clarify matters. It’s amazing how small details can easily be overlooked.