This weekend Gordon and I finally figured out Catalina’s character arc for Ruby Fever. We had written it in. We had grounded it in the previous novels. We had dove-tailed Alessandro’s conflict into hers. And neither of us had recognized that we had done all that, because in one of the pivotal scenes we had her do something out of character and it killed the book.
We kept dragging ourselves through this narrative with neither of us wanting to work on the book because the character arc was dead and it was very hard to keep pulling its corpse forward. You can only write a book if you root for the characters.
We sat on the back porch, looking at our magnificent pile of firewood – they delivered my 3 cords, hehe – talked it over, and realized it wasn’t even a big edit. We fixed the scene, we fixed all of the problems that resulted from it, we brought the two character conflicts into focus, we got the fight scene done, the book is fun now.
Like why didn’t we see this before? It was right there. 14 years of writing, 27 novels, and if this was a snake, it would’ve bit us. The stupid, it burns. I’ve been resisting the urge to call Jeaniene Frost and explain to her how the two of us were so dumb. She’ll get a good laugh out of it.
We have a lot of heavy lifting left for the finale, but I’m really excited because of all the cool stuff we’re planning to stuff into it. :rubs hands: Off I go.