Pieces of the book were clicking into place like magic, and we were happy little aspiring authors. We loved our WIP. But then last week, the shit hit the proverbial fan. It was a little bit like moving in with the love of your life and finding out that he never picks up his dirty underwear, and insists on watching sports 24/7 totally preventing you from getting your daily dose of Bravo. Er, you know, theoretically.
Anyways, we heard back from our beta ninja that the section of the book we'd just written needed some serious work. Well, she didn't say that exactly, but she did make a few compelling observations that lead to us overhauling the last 20,000 odd words.
Nothing like an honest critique to make you feel like a complete hack.
The truth is, we're a little OCD when it comes to our writing. The second we get a good, solid critique from one of our trusted readers we see the book as broken. It's lame, I know, but we can't help it. When there's something off about our work the only thing we can think about is how to fix it. We literally can't rest until we've resolved whatever issues came to light. This probably explains how we managed to turn a 65,000 word manuscript into an 85,000 word manuscript with a dramatically different central mystery in two weeks.
Now that we've fixed the part of the book that was broken, we have about 20,000 words left until we type "The End." And they're going to be tough words. We know how we want to wrap things up, but we have no idea if it's going to work or not. The ending has to be perfect. It has to be satisfying and realistic. It has to do the book justice. We're terrified of mucking it up.
So, how do you guys get over your fear of breaking your book? Do you just write it out and hope for the best? Or do you wait until you have the perfect vision to put pen to paper?