In all honesty I knew it was coming. My Husband gets this way every so often. He gets a great new idea and compulsively must rearrange a room, several rooms or as in this case, the whole house.
And yes, we still have our extra company.
So, in the mode of rearranging my reality here, I thought I’d explore some similarities to revising and writing.
Sometimes there are complex sequences that must be addressed – prerequisites and dependencies.
We bought some bookshelves today. At 7 pm when my Husband brought them home, he wanted to put them in our storage unit until later. I protested and he caved. But where to put them… He refused to put them in just an open space because he knew I would fill them and then we’d have to empty them. So, instead we decided to put them in the library where we intended them to be. But to have space there we had to empty and move the makeshift shelves we already had there filled with books. One of the shelves needing to be moved was slated to move to my office area, but couldn’t go there until we moved my desk. My desk was too cluttered to move because… and so on.
In stories, it sometimes seems the same way, particularly the longer the tale. Even a simple cut of a conversation can be problematic when you start reading other sections and realize references made to the event or things said, etc.
Sometimes it’s a case of too much period. As Flylady says, you can’t organize junk. You just move it around. The more we have to keep track of, even hypothetically in an alternate reality, the more chances we’ll slip up, confuse things or at the very least confuse readers. Just like a cluttered house can be distracting to guests and make it hard to maintain, there is too much stuck energy.
Sometimes it takes several passes to honestly admit that some stuff is junk.
Sometimes you just have to try something to see if it works. This could be different for others. My Husband is very much the plan everything out type.
It’s rarely convenient because life doesn’t slow down for such rearranging. We still have to be able to function. Kids have bed time, but are sensitive to the chaos going on around them. Meals and thus dishes still have to happen. Meanwhile, although it’s exciting to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” staying up until 3 am is rather hard on the next day.
With writing we all have lives in the “real” world. Inevitably sometimes they clash. I’ve met many people who think they have a great story idea, but it’s waiting for someday when they have the time. Never underestimate the power of a plan of action. It’s not so much about it all turning out how you expect, but the momentum.
So, good luck in your endeavors!