Yesterday, a friend remarked to me about how she’ll often be reading a book and can’t conceive of how the author is going to tie together all the plot elements and wrap it all up. I told her that sometimes the authors wonder that, themselves. I know I do. And that’s where I am right now.
It has just hit me just how complex I’ve made the climax of this story. I’ve complicated matters by having the climactic scene take place in a location that, by its nature, adds several obstacles to the success of the protagonist. I could change this, of course, and that would make things significantly easier on me. But that’s the lazy way out. The more challenging it is for the writer to pull off, the more rewarding the payoff for the reader.
Today, there won’t be any new writing. Today is plotting and planning, weighing all the possible avenues, not just for the big finish, but for how each approach to the finish will affect the first sequel.
Am I sure I can pull it off the way I want to? Actually, no.
But that will make it all the more satisfying when I do.