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Woohoo! Happy, happy, happy me!
On Saturday, I finished my current WIP, A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas.
Yayayayay! I've been in the writing cave pretty much constantly over the last little while, and it's been pretty intense as I raced to the finish.
On Tuesday, my daughter and I did some book surgery. There was something wrong with the story, something I knew, but couldn't put my finger on. So I printed out everything I had written and went through it out loud. My daughter listened to it, and she didn't even need to say anything. When I got to the part that was wrong, it popped right out at me. When I took out those four paragraphs, voila! All the snags I was running into straightened out.
The problem? One of my characters acted completely out of character and shared some information that he wouldn't have shared because it wasn't in his best interest, and he only did things that benefitted himself.
Instinctively, I knew this. I had written and rewritten that passage several times, trying to make him act the way I wanted, not the way that was true to his character.
Have you ever known something was wrong with a project, but you couldn't put your finger on it?