I'm at 91k words approximately 130+ pages and.... The more I write the more i get ideas that totally clash with what i have already written, and I really like them better than what my original plan was, to the point I have absolutely no idea where anything is going anymore. I'm having to scroll through pages and pages of text to find characters I mentioned in the beginning, it's hopeless. Loosing my digital map that I spent hours making, @*#$&#! hard drive, BACK UP! I wont make that mistake again, though i did back up my story. I've taken to just making up locations to edit later because i don't want to look through the four 3 feet by 2 feet sheets of paper just to find a single location and the distance then convert that to days by horse or whatever. I've given up on trying to keep track of the time in the story, days moths etc. Keeping tack languages and different speech patterns of the multitude of different races and people along with their customs and intricacies is a nightmare. I reached one climactic point now my main character is lacking in all uniqueness that I had at the beginning, total reversal from what he was. Basically now everything is lame, lame, and lamer. In desperation i have jumped from my four characters down to two, and some how back to four again. I have thought about printing the entire story to so i can stomp on it then rip it into very small pieces then dissolve it in Sulfuric acid in the chem lab. Did i mention i am nowhere near being finished.
Ok. I think I have whittled down my main problems. First an outline I have one but discarded it when i spent hours trying to get something to step forth from the insubstantial abyss of creativity thus abandoned it. Second background, setting, world building..Detail, detail, and more detail ect. Third organization, i can organize my lab note book but this...argg. Did i mention I am a Boi major who has never taken a single writing coarse aside from the required writing coarse. I'm having to research creative writing and study the topics like archetypical characters, plot and everything else.
Now that that is over. I have already looked at the outline thread but i am wondering if i should stop, do the outline and finish world building. I already have about thirty pages of world building notes, ever changing as I add new stuff. Or should I continue and just add notes to change things like I am already doing. And the last problem. How the heck do you organize it all. I feel like i am scrolling through text to find small little details almost every page, it's getting really annoying. I have thought about compiling everything into one gargantuan document and use Numerals or bullets. Please tell me there is an easier way to do this.
Drawing the map and naming the places and characters was fun now everything sucks. I'm realizing that I may have bitten off much more than I can chew and sadly I was writing for my own enjoyment.
Any and all help extremely welcome. Anyone have books on writing that they might suggest, or topics I should research. And thank you everyone who replied to my last post, i managed to work it out quite well then came into the lovely mess I am in now.
PS sorry about the ranting, digression, and overall wall text. I think I'm done.