I know it’s been a few weeks since I offered an update on The Romance Novel Project. Things have been super hectic at work, and I’ve just been exhausted. Have I been working on it? Yes. Did I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would have the first draft finished by now? Also yes. Am I finished with the first draft? No. And it’s quite likely I’m nowhere near finished with it. And I thought I was almost finished with it. So what happened? Disaster struck.
Specifically, disaster queers struck. The main character is a disaster lesbian, and the love interest is a disaster bisexual. For those unfamiliar with the term, a “disaster X” is a member of the LGBTQIA++ community who “struggles with some area of their life.” It’s a humorous self-identifier. Hell, I’m a disaster lesbian, and I can proudly admit that.
Anyway, the point is, while I had an outline (18 pages long) that detailed the plot scene-by-scene, I allowed a moment of inspiration to strike, and my main character and her love interest disastered together in ways that set fire to my outline and burned it down. But I’m not mad at them (honest!), and I still plan on giving them a happy ending (unless they do this again).
I’m still writing, but what I thought would be the penultimate chapter is likely to be the end of Act II. This is going to mean a lot more editing, but I hope the result is a story that engages the reader and is fun. It’s been a challenge to read.