Not only does it happen, I have published the fragments on my blog, too.
You mean you actually write them! There's an interesting idea.
Yep, I'd recommend that. You can always rewrite it later. It's a nice problem to have in a way. You know where you're going. Unless you change your mind.
I remember with the Prospero book, the scene that was in my mind forever was one of Rachel talking to the Elf on a balcony. I ran this scene over a million times. Since the book took me years to write, I remember the astonishment I felt when I finally reached it and actually had to write it.
With both the Rachel and the Victoria books, there are scenes like that, too. With both of them, they always seem to be scenes many books in. But in both cases, I have the notes from the original game, so I'm not sure I need to write more until I get closer.
...This is a fascinating comment in terms of how differently people can think. The obvious thing to me was to go ahead and write them, and I therefore imagined that you had deliberately rejected that option and were resisting the urge!
I have written a scene ahead maybe once in my life. Basically, if I haven't gotten there yet, I don't know what the tensions are that will make the scene work, so I can't really write it.
It just doesn't feel right, so I hold the scene in my head.
I have written snippets of dialogue ahead of time. And long notes when I don't already have any, but not scenes.
In this case, I could write the scene because I do know a lot of the surrounding info...but I probably won't...;-)
UGH. I've never gotten anything quite that bad, but I keep getting flashes from near the end of my novel. Which would be great, except I'm on page 35.
That is the same phenomena.
I was thinking out exactly how I wanted to write a certain scene this morning...and realized it was at least four books away. Sigh.
All the flipping time, Ma’am. Bad enough that my Magnificent Octopus, as I call it, is as long as it is; I keep getting scenes from three prequels back and four sequels forward. If I ever write them all, the thing will be a monstrosity.
I so understand!!!
Hey, I have a question for you, Sir. I think I'll send it privately.
Write up the notes. Or even write it. Five years ago I wrote the final scene of a novel that I'm finally writing now. It's comforting to know that the ending is ready and waiting.
Watch out! Here I come.
In the particular cases that keep haunting me, I have many notes on the scenes...still it is frustrating to know that they are so far away.
I do like your idea of having it out there like a beacon, though!
Yes. So very much yes.
Sometimes I write it down, but I keep the notes vague. That way it can change as required by the story. Other times I just let it float in my brain.
Mine's floating right now.
Never so precisely. I get lots of scenes where I have only the vaguest idea how to get there -- either from the scenes I have earlier (possibly written) or from anywhere at all, but clearly the scene needs some build-up.
I would say this situation is different, because I'm writing stories based on roleplaying games, so the scenes 'already happened'...but I had the same thing back with the Prospero Books, too. Some strong emotional scene I wanted to get to, but knew was a LONG way off.
I totally write my series (and story scenes) out of order. I've already written the final scenes of my Waterman series, which is six volumes long. Susan Cooper did this too: she wrote the final scene of the Dark is Rising series before she'd written the final four books of the series.
Fortunately, my Muse is talented at aftershadowing. I'll write a scene toward the end of a series or story, and only later will my Muse reveal why the scene went the way it did.