This morning, I got hit by a series of ideas from my Muse and all I can say is:
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The intensity actually made me dizzy for a while. Too bad I had to break the moment and take my kid to Driver’s Ed.
No, I was NOT driving impaired.
Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on my novel revision while taking Holly Lisle’s How To Revise Your Novel course. I’ve been working for weeks, breaking down all the parts, seeing what I had, and now I’m into the major surgery.
I knew my first draft ending sucked — big time — but didn’t know how to fix it. I was working on a lesson about tracking and completing conflict arcs. I followed all the conflicts and I finally, FINALLY saw what needed to happen!
My heroine surprised the heck out of me by honoring a fallen comrade, with whom she’s had disagreements, in an unusual way, something that I think will be a complete surprise to readers. It’s a small thing, but big in meaning, and I love it.
I’ve worried about the “government’s” reaction to the events that occurred and what my heroine and her group did to save their city and people. How to make it realistic without being either boring or oppressive? Well, in the typical way of most governments, this one will give with one hand, while taking away with the other. It pisses off my heroine and hints at problems down the road.
There were a couple other things, too, but those are harder to explain, so I’ll just leave it at that.
It is absolutely breathtaking when one’s subconscious decides it wants to play nice! Has this happened to you with your writing?