It’s amazing how new characters can pop up and surprise you. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind journey for my second novel. I realized as I was reading through a very early draft that something wasn’t working, and then it hit me.
My love interest. My cute, soccer-playing boy from North Carolina. He wasn’t right for the book.
Of course I went through a slightly convoluted process of trying to convince myself that he was right, that it was this-draft-sucks anxiety speaking, but eventually I had to face the fact: his character needed to go. So I completely scrapped him, wiped my document clean of his name. Cue additional anxiety: What happens now? Where do I go from here?
You know that old saying: when God closes a door, he opens a window? Well, this wasn’t anything that divine, but it did stun me to find that the very next day, a new character knocked on that figurative window and asked to come inside.
And we are totally clicking. I like him a whole lot.
My point is that no matter how far you are into the drafting process, it’s okay to make a dramatic change. It’s okay to discover something new.