I’ve revised about two-thirds of my manuscript
and when I met with Claudia last week,
she cautioned me that in the final third
I must deliver on the tension developed thus far.
She’s right, of course.
But when you’ve ripped up your story’s floorboards
and knocked down a bunch of its walls,
it’s a bit overwhelming to figure out how to construct the remaining pieces.
Especially when you’re not entirely sure what pieces will be there.
But Claudia has a great method for writing the second half of your book:
Go back to the first half to see what’s there,and then use those elements in the latter part.
- The nosy neighbor down the street
- The red and white twirly skirt
- The dripping faucet
- The neglected lawn
- Best friend’s activist Grandma
- The tiny photo album
These final chapters will require lots of new writing,
but at this point I’m only taking notes.
Lots of notes.
My middle mind had me include those elements for a reason,
and I trust that in time I will see how to construct a satisfying ending.
But sometimes you have to look back in order to move ahead.