Here I am busily working on my work in progress that is quite different from all the books I’ve written before. This is a mixture of suspense and political thriller with a little romance and science fiction tossed in. Of course, most of what I write is romantic suspense, but my WIP is heavier on the suspense this time.
It’s a stretch, but it’s exciting. It’s received solid and very encouraging feedback from beta readers, so I hope you love it as much as I do. But I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s still a work in progress.
Three quarters into the novel, I got an epiphany. Something occurred to me that would tilt this little gem further on the axis. That’s when I scrapped my original climax and went back to the drawing board. Redesigning what, when, how, and who isn’t easy. But I learned something valuable over the years, and from fellow authors—when your characters change their minds on where they want to go and what they want to do, you need to listen.
Perhaps. But if you endeavor in writing fiction then you get it. You get absorbed in the plot, setting, and most definitely the characters, that they become real to you. So, if they decide to change the ending—you listen. It’s that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach that says something isn’t right. Whenever that happens in life, you listen. So, I am.
Now, after I finish changing the ending, I’ll step into to review and revise stage. Then from there, a third draft revision before editing and beta reading. This process can take anywhere from three months to a year. So, be patient dear reader. I’m nearing the end and looking forward to sharing an exciting book peppered with twists and turns.