Monday, June 10, 2013

I Forgot That Happens

Last week The Onion published an article by George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series. 

To read, go here. The title is Oh Shit, I Totally Forgot That Happens.

(Now yes, this is The Onion and I know they are wall-to-wall satire sometimes. I mean, they even duped the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un into thinking he was the “sexist man alive.” Yeah, I know. I was shocked the article was satire also.)

In the article, Mr. Martin speaks about the TV series and his books. He was shocked when certain main characters took a turn for the worse last week. He’d forgotten that he wrote these scenes in his book.

So how can this happen? How can an author forget their own world?
I've gone back and read things I wrote several years ago, fell into the story and wondered the same thing. Like where did this come from. And how does it end?

Wouldn't you think, as the author, that I'd remember?

Well apparently, if the article in The Onion only a little bit true, I am not the only one.

Have you written scenes that surprised the heck out of you later?


  1. Yes, I'll encounter things I don't remember writing while I am editing. And if I were ever to go back and read my own books I'd probably be surprised I was the one who wrote them.

  2. Well, no. I can even recall plots I've cut out. But then again, I can also remember most of the major issues in -other- people's stories that I've read the once ... and that's decades later.

    What I can't recall with clarity is last week, guess all my brain power is going into remembering novels. But it helps when reading long series.

  3. Sometimes I'll encounter things I've forgotten I've written. But usually in a good way.

  4.'s kinda fun to see how I did it then. It's like I'm reading it for the first time. ;)


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