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    Ever go back to a story and not remember you wrote something?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by stormr, Sep 8, 2014.

    does anyone else experience this. I was writing a story back in the winter, had to put writing aside due to nice weather, work, and yardwork. I opened up my old story today and started re-reading it to get a fresh perspective on what it was, and also then see what might need some rework. I got to where I thought I left off last time, which is a scene I have still played in my head from time to time to see where it might go from there.

    Well when I got to that point I thought I left off on, suddenly I had three more pages to read. And although some of it wasn't the way I had been seeing it in my head, I was surprised when I realized that I don't remember writing those last three pages at all.

    I hope I'm not going crazy here, but the three pages I don't remember writing actually helped the story and were much better than what I had planned on writing today. It's just odd that I don't remember writing them. I could have been drunk, but I always type horribly when I'm drunk. This was quite readable.
     
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    Maybe you just mastered drunk typing.
     
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    Maybe one day your brain was all, "Ah ha! I've got material for the next three pages! On to the laptop we go!" and you went onto your story and wrote. Then you promptly left it after getting it all down and forgot about it.

    That's just my idea, though. :p
     
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    This is pretty common for me. I have many stories I started but never finished - some of which are many years old - and when I go back to them, I sometimes find I'd gone much further with them than I remembered.
     
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    Ever go back to a story and not remember you wrote something?

    Yes. :)
     
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    Ever come back to a life and forget how you lived?
     
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    @Link the Writer: That's probably it right there :) I do have alot of "Ah-Ha" moments.
     
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    Oh, definitely. A couple of years ago I started novelizing one of my old unproduced horror movie scripts. I started reading through the script, was getting toward the end, figured out which character was going to survive... and then someone shot her with a bunch of arrows, and cut her head off.

    And I went... 'WTF?'

    I wrote the script in the mid 2000s, but had completely forgotten that part. It all made sense when I read on, but it was like reading a story someone else had written.

    Really need to finish the novel version soon, I think the first chapter is probably the best thing I've ever written.
     
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    Happen to me, just today, this time, was not my drinking. I also suffer from C.R.S syndrome.(can't remember shit) Didn't Hemingway (or maybe Faulkner) say " Write Drunk, Edit Sober? As long as is usable, :) congratulations!
     
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    It could've easily been both, but I'd assume Faulkner.
     
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    i had this first draft of a short story i went back to about 3 years later. i had all these ideas for stuff i was going to put in it AND it was already there, which is weird coz lots of stuff i had to add was what i learned after a major life change which happened after the first draft.
     
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    Yep, done that a few times. Suddenly had a great idea to fix a story, then discovered that I'd already done it and forgotten about it...
     
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    I hate when the writing fairies write better than I do! Thank you but please let me write my own stuff!!!

    Usually they just sneak misspelled words and awkward sentences into my manuscript after my final edit but before I publish it. The playful little scamps!
     
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    No, I always know where I left off even if I had left it alone for years.
     

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