This week, I came to the realization that something big had to be changed in my novel. Okay, maybe that’s wrong. I had known something was wrong with the beginning of my manuscript for quite some time, ever since my younger sister had read the first few chapters and pointed out something she didn’t like. I didn’t end up changing exactly what she suggested for these chapters, but I did take to heart why she had made this suggestion in the first place.
She had a very important point: the story was developing too quickly, and it didn’t make sense for my characters to do what they did so abruptly. So I knew something had to be changed to propel my characters toward the decisions they made. It just took me a while to figure out how this needed to happen.
This past week, I finally figured out what I needed to do. I realized what needed to happen in my story to make the beginning flow better. The beginning of writing anything is always the hardest part for me.
When I realized what needed to change, though, I was hesitant. It was a pretty big thing. Could my characters handle this? They could. But, I mean, did I want to do this to them? I did. I didn’t want to, but I did. It needed to happen. As I was typing the lines, I felt remorseful for the changes I was making, and I was also really excited that my manuscript was getting what it needed.
But if you all don’t mind, I’d like to make a formal apology to my main character now.
Dear Main Character,
I’m sorry. I really am.
I didn’t want to do it, but I had to.
You’ll thank me later. Okay, maybe you won’t, but you probably will.
You need this. You probably can’t see it now, but you need this to happen. It’ll make you stronger and all that fun stuff. But really, this had to happen. It’s for the best.
So ,please don’t give up on me. You’ll be all right (won’t you??). It’ll all work out in the end (hopefully).
Just please don’t be mad.
P.S. I really am sorry.