My editor over at Xchyler Publishing, has finished going through the entirety of ‘Tomorrow Wendell’ and although there was nothing ‘wrong’, we have finally come to a ‘problem’.
Yesterday, she brought up the fact that the 28th chapter (there being only 29) was too similar to an earlier one. The creatures attacking were different, but their mode of entry for attack, and how it played out, was too reminiscent of a previous chapter.
What did my editor ask, with a sort of apology for doing so . . . ‘Can you rewrite it, and make it completely different?’
At first, my mind screamed – No! How! But! – then I stopped the tidal-pool of my thoughts. Could I?
A small perverse part of my brain chimed in then – It certainty would be a challenge, old boy.
Writers are masochists, you see.
I explained to my editor, that the first hurdle would be finding another existing mythological creature, that was associated with the taking of souls. Not as easy as you might think. It had to be something that was a group, not a singular entity. It had to be something I could actually work with, and it had to be different in physiological structure, so as to not take the same route of attack.
It wasn’t like I hadn’t done this research the first time around.
But – I could see the point my editor was making, and that perverse part of my brain was giddy with delight.
So, it began. The search.
Eventually I found something – something very different. Something I might just be able to take to my Muse and ask, ‘Can you work with this?’
Now, I’m a seat of the pants writer. My plot flows organically, I can force it. So it was important that my Muse liked what I presented, or I would get not a single word down.
I took a long hot bath, and hoped for images to start coming to my mind – thanks to my Muse. They did. I was having a problem with using the suggested mode of entry, which was becoming a stumbling block, until my Muse suggested we turn the suggestion on it’s head – rather literally. Once that obstacle was removed, the possibilities flowed easier.
So this morning, I rewrote the end of the 27th chapter, which was where the attacking creatures were first introduced. It went well, I think I can make 28 happen. I wait now, for feed back on 27, to know if I should move forward.
Luckily, we are ahead of schedule – or so I am told. Until I hear back, I guess I’ll edit the chapters up to 28 that await my input. . . because we writers, you see, are masochists.