[box] Jump the Gun: to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it. idioms.thefreedictionary.com [/box]I thought I had finished the first draft of my novel. Truly.
I was mistaken.
When my CP sent her notes back to me on the final chapter, she attached a note that began like this, “I don’t feel like this is the end.” It felt as if I were a balloon and she just poked me with a pin.
The struggle to finish had been mentally challenging. My main concern boiled down to drawing out the story beyond its lifespan.
After reading her remarks several times, I realized that what I thought was the climax could really be a catalyst for more emotional upheaval instead of the culmination. I’ve made my protagonist too nice. I’ve made her husband too understanding. I let the antagonist get away with too much without proper retribution.
The rest of Cresta’s note inspired a few half-formed ideas that I’ll noodle around with for a while. Just me and my trusty notebook, laying the groundwork for more tension, more emotions and a satisfying conclusion to what has come before.
I’m so lucky to have a CP that isn’t afraid to be honest. One who is exceptionally bright, I might add. Now, I have to tell my BF that I’m not finished. While she is extremely supportive, she tends to use the tough love approach. *sigh* I hate disappointing my staunchest supporters. I’ve done so by rushing instead of calculating.