AS happened when looking at a large writing list, I got confused.
How hard can it be, you ask?
Well, I have half a dozen ideas that match chapters, and I was trying to get down all of the ideas as bullet points in their respective chapters.
So, you ask, how can that be confusing?
Easy. There’s a point where one of the characters goes down to the dungeons in search of her father who is languishing in one of the cells. Her approach to the dungeons is not be the usual method, but one that affords discretion, but when she gets there, there’s no clear, of safe way to reach him because of the guards posted.
That chapter in the original outline was supposed to be where she does get to see him.
Then, later, I wrote another chapter, possibly two, that seeks an alternate path, and then doesn’t get see him but finds an alternte method of communication.
But, since springing surprises on the reader is not exactly a good idea, I had to go back and establish how she came to realise there was such a means, in a casual conversation with another character.
Not updating the outline properly, and then putting chapters that came later, referring to previous events in the wrong place.
I know that sounds complicated, or confusing, but events can’t happen before the groundwork is laid before them.
So, I spent a valuable hour rearranging the wrongly place chapters, and checked a few others, and finding one in the wrong place.
The job, I fear, is only going to get harder.