Okay, so this happened.
My beta readers returned their copies of The Maverick and Miss Miller. Some suggestions were small and easily fixed. Some were a little bigger, but that’s to be expected. When you’re so close to a story, you don’t see the plot holes or the fact that you changed a horse’s gender from one to the other then back again. And one change/suggestion was pretty drastic, but doable.
So, I’m going along and I’m making my changes and what smacks me in the face? The fact that the last six chapters need to be…well, beyond just fixed, but ripped out entirely. Did that hurt? Oh, you bet! Cutting almost five thousand words in never easy (simply because getting those words is difficult…sometimes, I have to pull them kicking and screaming from my brain…hmmm, maybe I should have listened…maybe that was the reason they weren’t coming easily…because they weren’t right).
The new stuff is better (I hope), more in keeping with the first half of the story, more exciting and not so darned convenient, all tied up nicely with a bow! That’s just not how it works! And I hadn’t seen it!
I’m in the middle of rewriting/replacing those chapters now and almost done (yes, I’ve been on a roll, working on the manuscript every day, not just the weekdays before my day job begins).
And I’ve done something else beside ripping out those words...I’ve set a deadline for myself. I don’t normally do that for my writing (for my work stuff, oh, yeah, I have deadlines galore!), but since I have, I should get back to it…
Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go! Marie