Working on The Silver Door, (Moon & Sun II, eleventy-somethingth title), and the coolest thing happened. I was filling in plot cards for the next section. Already had the card titles for everything, and I thought I knew who this one guy was.
But then I asked a single question. It turned out to be the right question. Turns out he wasn’t sent there to cause trouble. Instead, he’s a survivor from the time when humans still ruled the world. He was trapped by magic, and released by Genna and Catri. And, oh, WOW, the possibilities his arrival creates in the story.
I know how the second book ends now … I think. 😀 I thought I knew before, but over my little mini-vacation at Christmas, I realized that the old ending was preceded by chapters full of kids doing tedious things in tedious places, and that I was going to have to perform surgery.
Just finished the surgery. I threw out about half the plot cards and did a new plot from the point where I stopped liking the old one. (This is so much less painful than throwing out 60,000 words, my old method for fixing broken plots.)
I wrote out the new second half and the new ending. Much more exciting, full of cool conflict, betrayal, lies, danger, adventure, moonroading, magic, and The Cat. I’m excited again. Getting rid of the second half of the plot was like losing a house sitting on my shoulders. I feel free again.