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I’m happy to report that I sent UnFairy 3 to my editor yesterday. Woohoo! Even though this was supposed to be a “first draft,” the publishing schedule is pretty tight, so I wanted to get the initial draft nice and polished since I won’t have much time to revise later on.
Luckily, I have some awesome critique partners, as well as an agent with a fantastic eye, so I was able to get the manuscript to a point where I was pretty happy with it. Yesterday, however, as I was doing one last pass, I realized I’d written myself into a corner. I’d cut out a magical element in the story because it felt overly complicated, and now the ending didn’t quite work. Oops.
Normally, when I write myself into a corner, I step away from the project and let my brain sort it out. But in this case, I didn’t have the luxury of taking time away. I must admit I kind of went into panic mode. Thanks goodness Husband Ray, with his logical programmer brain, was able to come up with a pretty easy fix. As Heather said, “It’s awesome when you live with your beta reader.”
It’s funny how often I’m reminded that writing is a collaborative process. When you’re hunched over your laptop, mumbling under your breath, it can feel like you’re in it all alone. But that’s really not the case. That whole “it takes a village” thing is absolutely true.
What do you do when you write yourself into a corner?