I’m kicking off this month's theme: Backward and Forward. We writers forge boldly forward on our manuscript in the morning, then cringe and take steps backwards that afternoon. Some days we cut out whole scenes; other days, we add a brand new character, a villain, perhaps, and we have to revisit and revise the first half of the novel to properly weave the turkey into our ever-changing plot.
I suspect that part of my problem might be in my nature: a pantser. But even you linear, ultra-outliners probably suffer the backwards/forwards problem when you find your pacing isn’t quite right, or your growth arc for a certain character turned out too flat.
Sitting on my desk right now is a novel I thought was finished…needed polishing, but not much more. Was I ever wrong, according to my editor. She wants me to collapse two villains into ONE! Tear your hair out with me, please! This means major plot and character changes from page one to the final scene. If I didn’t believe in my editor and the tiny voice coming from my head that says: ‘The editor is right…the story would be tighter and the heroine would look stronger if she faced this one terrible villain.’
Heavy sigh here. Writing is ALL about backwards and forwards. Commitment time: I’m starting on page one on Jan. 1 and moving forward on that ding-dang manuscript.
Happy 'Moving Forward' New Year to you all! Rolynn
SUSPENSE SPIKED WITH ROMANCE
LAST RESORT * FADEOUT * SWOON
FADEOUT won a RONE award! LIE CATCHERS is out on KDP right now!