The middle section of my book came to an abrupt end, yesterday, as I realized that the scene I was writing and the scene where my main character turns herself in–we’ll say to the “police”–could be smushed into one convenient bundle, and end a whole lot of tramping around the countryside.
It also ends the potential for any of those love-scenes I write when I can’t think of anything to write, and leaves my characters divided and arguing.
I’ve run into a few instances where things I thought were separate episodes turned out to be elements of the same scene, and they may be the only reason I have any hope of coming in under word count.
They also have a way of getting that story cracking, and I’m positive that’s a good thing.
So, now… MMC doesn’t know it, but FMC has come to “the police station” for two reasons–she intends to leave him in a safe place, and she intends to turn herself in.
For various reasons, he’s not crazy about being left in a safe place, and the accelerated surrender means that I have a plot card that’s just… floating. I need to either ground the plot card, or go back through the draft and remove it, entirely. I haven’t decided which one, yet.
Or, maybe I just haven’t decided how, yet.
So, my sagging middle is starting to tighten up, and I’m reaching the point that I’m happy with the results.