Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying “End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH”, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry. – Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time
Remember how I mentioned I had one small alteration to make earlier in the novel AFTER I’ve finished my first draft?
I basically thought it would be transposing two scenes and making minor text alterations. However, I forgot that causality and what-characters-know-but-shouldn’t-tell-the-reader need to be maintained. This means some serious rejigging in the first quarter of the book. I don’t need to write a huge number of new sections, but need to alter several.
It’s highly annoying, especially as the payoff for this “small alteration” really only comes in the last sentence of the novel. I like the payoff, however, and it will hopefully give the reader the appropriate jolt.
It doesn’t feel like a second draft, though. I’m making the story WORK for the first draft, even though I’ve finished the story itself. A couple more days (probably) until I can get the first draft out to my readers