I’ve forgotten to include a chapter I’d intended to write, where my protagonist suffers quite an uncomfortable situation. A whole chapter! At least I know how the oversight occurred.
I normally write brief chapter outlines (or dot points of what I need/want to include) so I can see the flow and direction of the manuscript. I didn’t do it for Femme because I wanted to experience the intensity and spontaneity of NaNoWriMo. However, I had a strong idea about the story, with a firm understanding of setting, my main character, the beginning and the end. As I wrote, I foreshadowed a very specific event. I referred to it a couple of times–just enough to make it subtly important, because that’s the nature of the scene. Subtly important.
Then I clean forgot about it, and merrily wrote my way to the end.
Guess I have more work to do. I’m experiencing mixed emotions about this; I’m annoyed at myself for forgetting an important scene and I’m also excited about writing it.