Hello, hello! How is everyone doing this week? I’m a bit annoyed at myself if I’m being honest. I was going over my story’s timeline and looking at the revisions I’ve made when I realized I had made a stupid mistake. There were two main plot points that I meant to reverse, but apparently in my zeal during my rewriting sessions, I forgot to switch them. So, today, I’m going to ramble until I figure out some kind of solution for my dilemma.
The more I think about it, I have a couple of solutions. The easiest one would be to leave the story like it is and follow my original plotline. I admit that I liked this section the way it was, but it drags a little in between scenes this way and there’s no good transition that will speed things up. Slowness isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It gives the writer a chance to build up the setting or show the characters in different types of interactions. All of that can give the story depth. But, it can also cause the reader to put the book down and makes it easier for them not to want to pick it back up. Which makes this option dangerous.
The other solution would be to go back and add the chapter I wanted to move in the first place. This would require reading through what I’ve already rewritten and finding the best place to transition to the “new” material, then figuring out how to make that section flow into the old one. Luckily, I haven’t gotten too far ahead of the switch, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to go back and find a place to insert the other plot point. And it should speed up the pace of the story. Plus, some of the scenes in that section would really benefit from appearing earlier in the novel anyway. My main concern is that, while it sounds great in my head, it won’t work as well on the page and I’ll end up switching everything back to the original order in the next draft.
Honestly, since my first instinct was to flip these two plot points when I was working out the timeline for the revision, that’s probably what I’ll end up doing. It’ll be more difficult and time consuming because I’ll have to read through what I have thus far and find a good place to insert a chapter. However, I think the potential benefits are worth the risk. It’s not as if I’m on an official deadline or anything. If it sucks, I have time to switch it back.
Have you had any moments where you realized you made a stupid mistake in your creative work recently? Did you decide to go back and do what you had originally planned or did you go with the flow? Feel free to share your stories or comments or thoughts here or on my social media pages.