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Note to past self:

When writing notes on a potential story, it would be really helpful if you'd use terms more specific than:

"-tells a little, hints"


"-more explanation"


"-final battle, decision"

Seriously. Hints at what? What explanation? What decision? Obviously I knew what I was talking about when I was writing this attempted outline, four years ago, but looking at it now... *boggles*

Most bizarre phrase: "bit of Pike talk"--Pike talk? Like... Christopher Pike? Or the dude in the Buffy movie? Or... I really have no clue on that one. And I don't mention this Pike anywhere else in the notes.

The worst thing is, I know I'd figured out a whole bunch of important things about how this world works, but I don't seem to have bothered to write them down. What the hell, 23-year-old me!?

I guess I'll just have to hope what I figure out now is better than the ideas I had then!


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Sep. 9th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Clearly it's a discussion of the pros and cons of the Pennsylvania turnpike. ;)

I'm pretty sure I've come across almost that exact thing before. Maybe not in a full outline (since I don't have a ton of those, but I'm trying to work on that), but certainly in notes to myself -- "wait, what's supposed to happen in this scene? Liz, you dork."

Good luck figuring things out! :)
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm usually pretty good about writing down any ideas I have for a story, but obviously I dropped the ball with that one.
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
lol. At least you made some notes, however badly done. ;-) I can't teach myself to make notes at all.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, I couldn't get by without notes. I have so many ideas (many of which end up contradicting each other) that I need to put them on paper or I'd never get them sorted out. :)
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
I HATE when I forget what I was talking about in a story. I've done it and it makes me so mad to have to come up with a new idea when I know I already had one.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I know! That's what bugs me--there's this *one* element that was really important to the story that I know I had figured out... and I have no idea what it was any more. Bah.
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ugh...yes, I think I have mostly learned my lesson about TAKING NOTES...I also have a bad habit of writing, having to leave to go to work or something, but having a great continuation in mind. I think I'll get right back to it...but I don't, and I don't remember what I was going to write.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've done that too! I'll get some idea and be sure I'll remember it and then... oh no, what was it again? I've started ending my writing sessions by jotting a few point form notes at the end of the prose where I've stopped about the things I've thought of that I intend to happen next, which has helped.
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Heck, at least you managed to make some notes! I come up with these fully-formed bits of outline, but I'm always in some situation where I tell myself I can write it down "later". It's so clear in my mind, there's no way I'll forget! Uh huh.

I think you were thinking of the British slang term, "Pikey", wikipedia entry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikey
Most of US folks learned the term from the film Snatch. Brad Pitt's character.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
I do that "Oh, I'll definitely remember this later" thing. Especially with the ideas which (often) come to me as I'm trying to get to sleep. I have learned that I really must write them down, or they will be gone. But sometimes I still don't. :P

And I'm pretty sure it wasn't Pikey, because I have no recollection of ever knowing that term... and also I'm pretty sure Pike referred to something in the story world, I'm just not sure what.
Sep. 9th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
haha, good stuff. I often have notes to myself that merely say:


or more basically:

"NOOOOOO." Looking back I have no idea what I was talking about.

It makes me think of when I used to tutor a drama class and all of my scene notes said things like "Don't do that." Upon reading them aloud to the class, I had no idea what I was talking about... Lesson learned? hah.
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Heh, well, at least you know which parts need work... even if you're not sure what you didn't like about them. :D
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