I had a EUREKA! moment while working on the novella this morning. I’d known that there was something missing, but hadn’t been able to put my finger on it – then all of a sudden it hit me. YAY! I can fix all the problems now, all of them.
What I love, is that the answer was right under my nose.It’s an easy fix. Wonderful.
What I loathe is that the answer was right under my freaking nose. In fact, I’d written it in the first draft, and then removed it. It had been so embedded in my brain, that I didn’t think about the fact that no-one else could get it, because IT WASN’T IN THE NOVELLA ANY MORE.
All in all, of course this is fantastic news for the novella. (Which still needs a name by the way, anyone have a suggestion??) I am tempted to go back right now and fix it all, but I still have three scenes to write, and I should get to the end before I go back. I imagine it will take me a couple of weeks to get it to the point where I’m ready to send it to my readers, but at least now I know I’ll be happy with it. The stakes are high enough. There are good reasons for decisions made. Thank goodness.
Our brains are pretty wonderful, really. The answers are all there, it’s just a matter of chipping away at the rock that contains them until you can see those answers.