This post is dedicated to Terri Thayer, for listening and not once telling me I’m crazy.
What my brain tells me when I announce that, in the second draft of this WIP, we may be dropping one entire, MAJOR plotline:
- Wouldn’t this be a betrayal of Character X? Who just happens to have been a real person in real life that you totally love and admire and want to write about?
- Hold on! Does that mean you don’t have to finish the 1st draft??!!!
- You could buy fewer index cards for the re-plotting party.
- You’d be writing less broadly and more deeply. That would be a good thing.
- Are you just copping out? Is this just the cowardly easy easier road to take?
- Does this mean you’re thinking of a second book? Another historical fiction? You swore there’d be no more historical fiction!
- You’ll cry more, if you write it this way.
- This story is supposed to be about the girl and her mother. Have you seen the mother on the page yet? No, you haven’t. Because that other plotline keeps getting in the way. Get back to the mother.
- You’ve written almost 250 pages, and now you’re telling me it’s a different story?
What I tell my brain:
- Shut up and let me write.