I don't know if this is the proper place to post this, but seeing as there are no threads involving writing in The Lounge, and since this post does involve developing plots, here goes nothing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's four in the morning right now, and I've been considering posting this for a while. Do you ever stop and just go back and admire all of the work that you did to get your plot where it is today? You know? Just pull up an old file from the first few days of your plot's existance and say 'wow'? Or even go as far as to recall how you came up with the idea for your story in the first place? For example: about three weeks back, I had bought a portable hard drive to back up my data to just incase something bad were to happen to my system. Well, literally two days after I bought the drive, and just after my first back up, my OS decided that it wanted to commit suicide, and it did so. Call it luck of the draw, call it coincidence, I call it premonition. Anyway, I was going through my backups in the days that followed, and copying all of my data back on to my computer, when I came across the folder that held all of my novel files (again, thank god for backups, or I would have had to start from scratch!) So, out of curiosity... I copied it to my hdd without a single thought. Ha, gotcha! But seriously, about five days ago, I decided to have a look inside, and I was amazed by what I found. It was like looking at a comprehensive history of my story's development. There were files that listed ideas for scenes, some of which made the cut, others that didn't, files that contained information about characters I had cut out completely, and very vague outlines, most of which missing huge parts of the story entirely, since I didn't have much planned back then. It's all very interesting to think about how all of that stuff came into the plot you have today... almost makes you want to pull your hair out AGAIN when you think of all the agonizing pain you went through, right? And then you find a plot line, an old one from say... a month and a half ago. You open it up to look at it, and your mind just starts sending out message after message of 'DOES NOT COMPUTE! DOES NOT COMPUTE!' I swear, when I look at something old that is so different from what I have now, there comes a voice in my head that keeps telling me to fix every single little thing that I find is wrong, even though I don't have to, nor should I if I want to maintain its historical record. Still, it drives me insane, especially when I see references to things and scenes that I have since changed and done completely differently! I'll be honest. Like a lot of people when they first started out, I made a lot of mistakes, and I still do, but when I look at all of the copies of the old plots I have, I die a little inside. In my earlier plot revisions, I had pivotal scenes being triggered by flat two dimensional characters who had no point or role in the story, and appeared out of thin air just for the sole purpose of causing the particular scene to happen! Again, die a little inside I do! Of course, then all is made right when I remember the stroke of genius I had one day. I had realized what I was doing, and was trying to come up with a way to make the pivitol scenes more realistic, seeing as how in real life you would never go suicidal because of some random persons comment. Oh looky there, I let slip a detail! Oh darn! Anyway, I just took one of those pointless characters I had scattered about, and developed him a little more, unware of the fact that I would be developing my main antagonist! Even better was the fact that the more I worked him into the plot, to more the pointless characters disappeared, and the story made sense! And then comes the memories of stupid ideas that I had while trying to work said character into plot... ... Anyway, I'm getting way off track here, but I wanted to share my experience, and I want to hear your experiences too! How do you react when you think back to all the work you put into developing that essential plot?