Margaret talks about digging yourself into a quagmire
What do you do if you dig yourself into a quagmire, a big, murky bog from which there seems to be no escape? I’m guilty of having done this myself on occasion. I guess it’s a case of not plotting properly. But as I’ve said many times before I’m not a plotter.
So – do I get a shovel and dig myself out? Metaphorically speaking, yes I do. I carry on writing until I’m back on firm ground, and then get rid of the slush. It’s not an ideal way of writing. I wouldn’t advise it. But it’s my way and I cannot do it any differently.
I’ll give you an instance. In one of my books my heroine had an interesting back story and I made the unforgiveable mistake of putting it all in at once. Fatal! It’s something beginners do. I should have fed it in in bits and drabs before digging myself into this deep hole. Naturally there was a lot of re-writing to do, time wasted if I hadn’t made that elementary mistake.
But, you know what they say, we all learn by our mistakes. How about you? Have you made many mistakes? Has it taught you a lesson? Do you do things properly the next time?