I have been working on a new book and plotting out the story elements. I wanted my heroine to have done something nefariously bad in her past that she is trying to hide. I came up with all kinds of scenarios and then finally landed on one I thought would be perfect. I had the scene play out in my head, I plotted it into the book…..and then, as I wrote the outline, I found myself unsnarling too many story tangles.
I put out a call to fellow writers and got some good advice from Cara Putman and James Coggins. And with each letter I read, my heart sank. I knew I would have to lose this lovely plot element. The one I had already written in my mind, visualized, dramatized. I went back to the beginning, studied my characters a bit more, tried to figure out what I was exactly doing with this particular plot device and what reaction had to come out of it. Then I came up with a new scenario that worked better. But, in the meantime, I felt as if had wasted these good peoples time by throwing it out.
But then, as I held that thought, I realized, this research was not wasted. It was a great scene and it would work well.
In another book. This isn’t the only book I’m writing. There will be more stories where this particular idea will work better. So, thanks Cara and James. You’ve given me an idea for another book. Something every writer craves.