On Feb. 20th I ended my post saying I was going to read what I had written so far. I didn’t do that. I don’t know why. Instead I continued to bluff my way through this novel. That didn’t work.
On Feb. 24th I said I was going to read some books that might help me. So yesterday I sat down with some of the books that I’d ordered and received and my manuscript. I thought, why not read it first. So I did.
Part way through I realized that the key to what I wanted to write was a throwaway line in Chapter One. I went back and looked at it again. Yes. This could work. I went on and read the rest.
I’d been right. The small bit in the first chapter was what I’d been searching for. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t believe it.
Two things. 1. I’m still going to read some of these books. I’ve already started that. 2. It’s not exactly what I thought I was going to write but it’s in the same vein. And I like it better than what I’d started out to do.
I can’t say how excited I am by this discovery. It means I have a lot of changes to make to what I’ve written so far. Also a lot of inserts. But that’s just fine.
I still don’t know how it ends, but I don’t want to know that. This isn’t a whodunnit but it will come to an end and things will need to be sorted out, characters attended to, loose ends tied up.
I don’t think I’ll pick the chapter titles out of the box anymore. But I might. I’ll have to see how it goes. Lots of work before the next chapter. I probably won’t start writing until next week because I want to read some of the material I’ve collected. I could move ahead now as the books I got don’t exactly apply to what I’m going to do. But there are things I can learn, things I already learned about one of the character’s profession.
I find it completely amazing that I had it all the time and didn’t know it. Will miracles never cease?