Sometimes, a few paragraphs of fiction written a long time back return, and then you have to turn our study upside down to find them, written who knows when on some scrap of paper or a tattered notebook. You keep digging, finally let go, but those words won’t let go, and you have to find what you had written originally, because you can’t remember enough to re-write them.
This happens to me often, and no matter how hard I try to be organized, not start on a new notebook till I have finished an old one, file the notebooks away in a drawer, the simple fact is this: handwritten notes do not come with a search function.
Drives me nuts sometimes, and I’m taking to making notes on the comp from time to time. It is just that the moment I sit in my study in front of the computer, my brain moves into “work” gear. For fiction, I need “trance” or “play” gear. Which is good news when I need to revise, but bad for first drafts.
But, leaving this post half- done, I went browsing (as usual) and found that Agatha Christie was very similar, never continuing with her notes in one book, adding grocery and to-do lists to her notebook.
So at least, I’m in good company, and that ought to cheer me up. Having said that, I can’t find the notebook I was writing on yesterday, and it is driving me NUTS !!!