That’s what the last few weeks of TDYK work has felt like. It’s my own fault, of course, but that rarely makes such things easier to accept or deal with.
Anyway, there are 2 major reasons for the current situation. The first has to do with an eleventh-hour change I made in NGD* which, in hindsight, I wish I’d spent more time thinking about. Not because it was a bad change, but because I came to it late and made it late and didn’t fully consider all the ramifications. Those ramifications have now made themselves known in TDYK.
The second reason is similar to the first. I finished the 2nd(-ish) draft of TDYK more than a year ago, but before doing a final revision, I came (stubbornly) to accept the truth of something** that had been sitting in front of my face since before I finished the first draft. The result was another almost 10,000 words of material***, which was great and really addressed the issue at hand even better than I had expected.
The thing is, I can’t just dump 10,000 words of brand new material into a book without dealing with the repercussions. Fortunately, this new material came nearer to the end than the beginning, but it expands on a thread of story-line that was previously downplayed. As such, I am steadily working my way through the remaining chapters (and, in a couple cases, earlier ones) to ensure continuity.
Ensuring the plot makes sense is fairly straightforward (if not actually easy), but the part I’m most worried about is making sure the characters and flow still ring true with this new material, and (most importantly, knowing my habits) making sure there’s not too much ‘splaining****!
Thank goodness for revisions.
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* No, I’m not telling which one.
** See *, above. (Sorry, but that’s just the way it has to be right now)
*** Some very exciting, very cool material, if I do say so myself.
**** You know, like blatheringly self-indulgent posts such as this one?