Hey guys, BFM is up for Dabwaha again, so if you could find a moment to vote, we’d appreciate it. 🙂
So. Four out of five beta readers had an issue with a plot twist in Magic Shifts, which means we didn’t really sell it well. Now we have to edit it out. I love the plot twist. It was my precious. It was emotionally charged and powerful… and not attached to anything. Seriously. Plot wise, there is not much reason for it to be there. One beta told us that that’s not what she was looking for in the book; the other said it was an equivalent of a flash grenade: it goes off, but there are no long term consequences.
Gordon and I spent three days trying to think up some consequences. We are still epic fail on it. The general rule is, if it becomes a sticking point for most betas, it must be changed. We want the reader experience to be about the story, not this one plot twist. I can see it now, the endless parade of Goodreads reviews, complete with animated gifs flashing “WTF” in rainbow colors. 🙂
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
Today is the murder day. I’ve pitched a fit on my private twitter. I avoided the manuscript. I was depressed. I was angry. I was overly dramatic. My husband stoically endured endless whining. That’s it, the complete range of emotional writer crazy has been exhausted. I just need to do it today.
I’m still attached to it, so I am actually going to save the manuscript under a different name, just in case I get a burst of brilliance. But as my friend put it in an email, “Maybe you are overthinking it? Because of deadlines? Go all Elsa on it and LET IT GO, LET IT GO!”
Here is a really cool Elsa for you. I love Deviant Art. There are some seriously talented people on there. Click on the caption to see more of typeATS’s art.