I keep making the same frustrating mistake in my writing over and over. It's not punctuation, grammar, spelling, dialogue or action tag errors (although, I do make these too.)
The biggest writing mistake I keep making.
No, it's that I keep thinking I'll remember things.
The other day, I was in the shower (a place where I do the majority of my best thinking), and an exciting new element of my book was revealed to me. Oh, it was so exciting and excellent I knew I'd never forget it. So, I didn't bother writing it down. I got a little busy the rest of that day and didn't have time to start the next chapter. By the next day, I couldn't remember quite what it was. The problem is that I have so many ideas, they tend to blur together, and I confuse them.
I spent yesterday doing another activity that produces ideas for me...walking around. But I never could quite remember exactly what it was I had thought up. I was like a donkey walking around with the carrot dangling from a string just out of my reach.
(I think the muse does this to punish me. I mean, she gave me this beautiful gift and I didn't appreciate it enough.) Occasionally, I could scrape my teeth along the tip enough to get a little taste of what it was, thinking I was about to remember, only to realize I'd never get a good grip on the whole dangling, delicious carrot and it would slip away. Ugh, I really am a jackass!
So the lesson for you and especially for me....When you get an idea, no matter how big or small, write that s*$# down! Write it down!
You know, I've looked through my journal or picked up one of the approximately two million scraps of paper in my office where I did write things down. And I read things didn't remember writing. True, some of it is written in the middle of the night in the most illegible penmanship on earth, but it amazes me how quickly things can fade from my memory.
Write it all down, pals!
One day I'll follow my own advice and save so much wasted time walking in circles after carrots.