Woohoo! I thought of an awesome plot twist for my book! And at the same time, damn it! Now I’ve gotta change the book. I had MUKADE ISLAND so close to publication–I’d already schelpped it around the agents (knowing full well that landing an agent nowadays is right on par with winning the Mega Jackpot Lottery,) I’d gotten it all formatted for self-publication, just in case the agents didn’t pan out, I even announced a July 1st publication date (to be yanked if an agent DID glance at me sideways.) Then I had the epipheny.
I had it driving home from the grocery store today. MUKADE ISLAND is the first in a series, and of course my problem is I never really think my series completely through before I write the first one. It just happens, nice and natural-like, and voila I have a book. And it makes perfect sense, and I’m ready to go with it, then WHAM! The pesky side of my brain says, “Wait a mo. What if…?” And there you go.
What I’ve thought of is so important to the whole series that I HAVE to put everything to a screeching halt while I incorporate the idea into the first book. I’m still hoping to hit my July 1st deadline for self-publication. But I sure wish all the agents I’d sent a query to had already sent me my rejection notices. ’Cause just my luck, tomorrow somebody’s gonna say “Sure! I’ll represent you!” And I don’t have a completed manuscript to give ‘em now.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to go through this. And I’d rather get it right this time than have to yank the whole series back later to fix things. Luckily it was a STUPENDOUS epiphany that clarifies the entire series (in my brain anyway.) So I’ve gotta stop and incorporate it. I’m super excited about it.
But dang it, I wish I could just blink my eyes and the manuscript miraculously fixes itself. Somebody’s gotta come up with a computer that lets you think what you want written, and the ‘puter does it for ya.
Not going to happen in the next couple of weeks though, so I’d better get cracking!