When I received Val’s edits of chapter 24 & 25 today, I let out a very long sigh and pinched the skin between my brows in frustration. Alas, she pointed out big issues in these two chapters–motivational issues of my heroine. My heroine (Amanda) makes a decision which the following four very important chapters are based on. But my editor isn’t buying the reason/motivation behind Amanda’s decision. And to tell you the truth, I never bought it either–I just left Amanda to make this stupid, callous choice which is not in her character to make, BECAUSE I wanted to keep the following four chapters which revolve around the repurcussions of Amanda’s decision. Have I lost you readers yet? I’m guessing you have no idea what I’m talking about. But bear with me, I need to vent out my frustration some more. So for a long hour I stressed over this. I tried to figure out what to do. In order to make the motivation more believable, I would need to write two or more chapters to convince the readers. But I did NOT feel happy with this idea. The very thought of elaborating in order to convince the readers, had me pulling at my hair. I absolute HATE writing scenes I don’t have my heart set on. So I discussed this with my sister, and I finally decided that I must give up these four chapters, along with the theme I wanted to bring up through it, and do a major rewrite. Luckily I have a lot of materials from scenes I omited from before to use in this rewrite–I’m one of those writers who loves recycling her writings haha. Fortunately for me, the more I think about this new plot, the more I like it. And now I’m excited to work on this change. I sent this alternative plotline for the last eight-ish chapters to Val, and must now wait to hear back from her. I always need her final consensus before making big plot alterations like this, because the story from the writer and reader’s perspective is so different: i.e. I’ll write in a big plothole and won’t even notice it, but a reader will. Get what I mean?
For the writers out there, what was the most stressful, frustrating issue you ever had with your writing?