Midpoint blues

I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t done any writing at all this week. I’ve reached The Chapter From Hell again in my rewrites, and I just haven’t been able to get my head around it.

I’m not sure if I blogged about it last time around, but there’s this one chapter that gave me trouble when I first came to write it, and which is still the hardest part of the book for me. It’s just past the midway point of the manuscript, and centres on a major revelation that powers the rest of the plot. I need to get the revelation itself just right, so that the reader knows what’s going on even though my protagonist is struggling with truths he isn’t really ready to face, and I need to get his reaction just right as well – appalled and scared but desperately trying to rationalise events and keep his act together – otherwise he loses credibility.

That was hard enough the first time around. And now I have rewrite it, incorporating the new magical elements I agreed with the publisher. I will be so glad when I get this done and can move on to the fun stuff!