Moving the Finish Line
There I was, sprinting toward the finish line, faster than a herd of turtles in a wind storm. I could see it clearly. Could almost touch it. I just needed to dig deep and pull up the energy to make that final sprint. Agent list is made and waiting, query is fine tuned, just need to finish the
final edits and my novel would be ready to send out into the real world. Death to adverbs and statives! Put those commas in the right places! (Wow, that almost sounds like the beginning of a Dr. Seuss-like poem. . . hmmm)
What the — Someone moved the finish line!! It was right there! I swear! And now it’s, well….further.
All because my very excellent reader pushed me to re-write a scene that, admittedly, was a bit flat. So I unflattened it. That pushed it into the ranks of something just a little bit higher than toilet paper. I grumbled, I growled, I pulled large fist-fulls of hair out of my head and agonized. The scene was giving me major fits. So I got a fire going, literally, plunked my butt on the futon, cranked The Two Towers soundtrack and totally disassociated myself from the rest of the book. I put the three players into the scene and let them loose to do as they please. As usual, they did things I never saw coming. Things I kept holding them back from because I knew what would happen if they had their way.
But the end product? Well, it’s a vast improvement over the first.
It also changed events that can’t be overlooked. My MC went and committed an act that will now force me to re-think the entire rest of the book. Not in a major way, just a big enough way that now editing has become a complicated mix of editing and revising. My MC has some baggage to deal with now, and my other MC is going to have to show his softer side a whole lot sooner than planned. The only one who benefits in a positive way, or so he thinks, if my antagonist, whom I believe is downright giddy over the whole event. If “giddy” were an emotion he was at all familiar with. Which he’s not.
So, where’s that leave me on my ROW80 goals? Pretty much the same place I was on Wednesday.
- Not hitting 2k/day in favor of editing
- Not getting my Blog posts up regularly ~ although watch for a Guest Post from J. A. Campbell, author of Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog
- Editing/revising/rewriting/regrowing the hair I’m pulling out, all for the love of my craft (or due to a slight bought of insanity. But, really, are they all that different?)
- Querying, obviously tied to the above. Not worried about that. Anxious to get it out there but not if it can be better.