Ever so often while reading a book, I'll come across an inconsistency that the author and the editor didn't catch. Oh, my, they are can so easily slip by.
I've been working on my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery and mostly I've been doing it in bits and spurts because I've had so many pressing issues. Well, that sounds too important, mainly I've had other jobs I needed to do, some that paid and they always come first.
Writing a book like that is a recipe for far too many inconsistencies to pop up because the author, in this case, me, doesn't always remember exactly what happened earlier in the story.
I decided I better go back to the beginning to see exactly what I'd done already. Good thing I did, because I found a lot that needed to be corrected. I made the corrections and hopefully I can forge ahead and get past the 100 page mark.
Though I have a fairly good idea where I'm going, I need to get it all down on the page. My advice to new writers is to go ahead and right the whole book then go back and fix it. That's what I usually do, but I had the feeling I needed to really take a look at what I'd done before and this time that was the right thing to do.
Hopefully, now that I've refreshed my mind a bit, I can forge ahead. Of course I do have some interruptions in the future:
1. I want to go see Water for Elephants.
2. I'm planning to fix some easy dishes but delicious dishes for Easter Sunday that I can just get out of the refrigerator when I get home from church. So on Saturday I'll be fixing deviled eggs, macaroni salad, cooking a ham and slicing it, Texas caviar.
3. We're going to the Easter Sunrise Service, then I teach Sunday School, then the regular church service.
Hopefully, I get to the writing again on Monday. Tuesday I have a meeting and afterwards need to finish up a newsletter which will have to be taken in to be run off on Wednesday. Thursday we're leaving for Southern California again where I'll be giving a presentation to a group of college students. We'll stay down there and the next day we're visiting my ailing 99 year old auntie.
Anyway, that's the way things go and why it's hard to write uninterrupted. So, no doubt, I'll be looking for inconsistencies once again.
In the meanwhile, I know I ought to be promoting. Oh well, there's only so much I can do in one day.