Still in the month of no editing and I'm faced with a dilemma. I've been very good since my relapse on the 15th--nothing but new scenes. But last night I finally figured out what was wrong with one of the key scenes in my draft.
It was one of those, "Ah Ha!" moments that always seem to happen at 2 am and leave me laying there wondering if I'll be able to remember it or if I should drag myself out of bed to scribble it down (one of the primary reasons I sleep with a note pad on my nightstand). And long afterward I was still awake wondering, "why didn't I think of that earlier?" The solution seems so obvious now.
But here's the problem.
In order to implement these brilliant, inspired changes (and they really are good) I will have to edit the scene, which I vowed not to do until I finish my rough draft. So it seems like I should just make thorough notes and revisit it later, right?
Except these are major, fundamental changes that ripple through multiple scenes, some of which I haven't written yet. So it feels impossible to move forward and write those new scenes without knowing how the earlier scene really plays out.
So I'm torn. What do I do? Have I found a good enough excuse to break my no editing rule? Or is my brain so desperate to return to editing that I've attached undue importance to these changes to try to rationalize my bad behavior?
It's hard to say. And I don't really know what I'm going to do.
But it's time to start writing now, so I guess I'll find out soon enough...