First off, thank you for all the wonderful information and suggestions about synopses! I'm now a lot more optimistic about my chances of writing a good one.
Unfortunately, that is the extent of my optimism.
Yesterday I lost the last thousand words of my new WIP. And there were a couple of pivotal scenes there introducing a main character and beginning a huge part of the plot. And now I have to try and rewrite them, if I can.
But that's not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is the mental block this has put up in my head. My brain hates the idea of rewriting those scenes, especially since they were so difficult to write in the first place. But the way my story is structured makes it impossible to write further without having this character in place.
It has also turned into a huge foothold for self-doubt. I don't know if I can write the scenes as good as they were. Maybe this will be the thing that reveals me to be a bad writer, the thing that proves once and for all that I was just faking it all along...
I'm very sad panda right now.
However... it was only a thousand words, and not two thousand like I originally thought. And I'm still passionate about the story, so that's in my favor.
So today I'll start small-- one paragraph, maybe two. Just to get my bearings. Then I will back up my work, put the matter out of my mind and have a date with my husband.
(We're planning on building a blanket fort in the living room. We're going to hide from the world: turn off our phones, drink hard lemonade and watch movies. It should be a good time.)
Has anyone else lost work? How did you get over the discouragement?