Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Big Writing Boo-Boo

I'm working on the second novel, which occurs directly after the end of "Defiance". I'm almost 20k into the novel and it's going quite well. I've struggled a bit on getting into the mind of my character, Effie, because she is a very bitter person and very sarcastic. I like writing her now and I'm really enjoying this book.

While sitting in church this morning, I day dreamed a little bit on what I was going to write this afternoon. And I suddenly realized I made an awful boo-boo. I completely lost focus on the sermon after that. Oops.

No. At the end of the previous book, the main character and one of the secondary characters, Declan split from the main group to go on a specific task. (Sorry that's vague.) It is implied they don't return for a while. Begin new book, the new main character, Effie, befriends Declan a day after the previous MC left. Wait a minute....

Yep, I have the same secondary character in two places at once. FAIL. I can't have the same character doing two different things. But at the same time, I like him in both locations and I have to choose which one to change. Dang it. In the first book, I'd only have to modify about 5,000 words. In the second book, I'll have to change 6,000 words and fix a lot of the plot. Declan has become a more important character to Effie.

The big problem, I have the first book on a full request. I don't want to change it, but I think I'd rather modify the first book ending instead of a big chunk of the new one.

Would it matter to an agent if the ending of a book changed? (This really only applies if the agent loves it.) It won't be changing any of the main plot, just some minor details at the end of the novel. I know a novel isn't set in stone since it isn't signed, but I don't know if it would cause a problem in the novel. I would love your opinion before I rip apart either novel and attempt to sew it back together.


  1. I would wait to change anything. If the agent is interested then talk to them about the problem then and which direction you're leaning. That's my opinion, anyway. :)

    1. Awesome - I like that thought. I can wait to hear back. :) I will keep writing with him in the second book since most likely I would just modify the ending of the first one. Thank you!

  2. You can wait, but from what it sounds like, it's not a huge change.

  3. I agree with Rachel. I'd wait to change anything and then say what you were thinking if there's an offer on the table.

  4. Hey, at least you noticed it at a stage where either point could be changed and not way later.

    I think this detail wouldn't matter. I'm sure the agent would understand that minor details change. Heck, I had that happen in the middle of my publishing edits. If you feel like altering the end section of the story would flow better, then I say go with your gut and write it.
    Just be sure to keep the original version tucked away for reference purposes.

  5. If an agent loves it, I'm sure they wouldn't mind a few minor changes. And from their point of view, they'd rather have any changes made sooner rather than later. Lastly, good luck! It's a great book, so fingers crossed on a good result from the request. :)

  6. you could probably just refer her to this post! if she loves it she will get it. shouldnt be a big deal & theres always editing to be done!

    happy friday!

  7. Nice post, great blog, following :)

    Good Luck :)