Writing is hard. I don’t care how fast you write, how much prep you do, there will always be roadblocks. Real life intervenes. Ideas dry up. Characters act up. The plot goes off the rails. You write yourself into a corner and have no way to get out until the paint dries…
It’s a pain. Trust me. As y’all know, I got the rights to a book back but to republish it, I have to delete all mention of another author’s characters. This isn’t necessarily a big deal and I’m totally on board with this requirement. I’ve done this before with two other books but for some reason, I keep hitting roadblocks. Some things–like the unlikely local outbreak of October tornadows–I can’t change. Others, I just have to find a detour to follow. Currently, I’m stuck at a crossroads. I have a heroine that no one is aware of–besides a very select few. She needs to be guarded and our lone wolf hero no longer has anyone to turn to since originally, he turned to the now deleted characters. What to do, what to do, what to do?
Silver, there’s always another way.
Yeah, Silver, my way. HA! Just kidding.
I’ve come to a Y in the road. I can call in a “new” secondary character who can be briefed–at least partially–on the situation. I can call in a “new” character but I’m not sure what part he’s to play in the upcoming action. My solution? Keep reading. Make big DETOUR roadsigns in the MS, but keep reading. Once I figure out how the action is going to change up, I can make the right decision. See? I’m find a new direction. A new roadmap to follow. When it happens to you, writers, you just need to find the way that works for you. Readers, how do feel when a writer throws a big curve into the plot? Are you pleasantly surprised or all WTF?!?! 😉
Ugh, I can’t imagine having to re-write a finished book. Once it’s finished for me, it’s chiseled into stone in my head. Heh… I’m a blockhead. LOL… Anyway, for me, if I tried to change it after that, it would always just feel wrong. So, I totally feel your pain. But you’ve got this. Your brain, thankfully, is flexible enough to overcome this and make the book right and better.
It depends on how the curve is handled. If it’s handled well, it’s a wonderful surprise. If not, it’s always “WTF?”
I wish I was better and throwing an “Uncle Charlie*” into the mix. If done well, it’s fun. Usually, it works the other way around. I’m the one thrown the curve by my recalcitrant characters! 😆
*Uncle Charlie is the moniker given to Adam Wainwright’s (STL Cardinal LHP) AMAZING curve ball. That pitch is soooo nasty it’s a joy to watch him throw it!