So I'm at the wrap-up part of my story - you know, where your MC is figuring it all out - and suddenly I have a brain freeze. I'm stuck and can't seem to move forward. At first, I'm thinking it's because I gave myself this self-imposed deadline to finish my first draft by Christmas (which then got moved to the end of the year, and now I've just given up on a deadline altogether). But that wasn't it.
My problem was that I knew there was a hole in my story as I'd outlined it. I knew it but kept trying to tell myself that my readers wouldn't see it-only I would. Wrong, wrong, wrong! If I know it before I've even written it, then, of course, the readers are going to see it. What was I thinking?!
So, last night I sat myself down and gave myself a good talking to, and came to the conclusion that I had no choice but to go back and fix it. Sure, in my head the idea/the scene was a pretty good one. Who knows, maybe I'll get to use it in another story, in another way. But I've got to stay true to my character here. I've touted my MC as intelligent and good at what he does. He's FBI for crying out loud. He wouldn't let the girl he's protecting - the girl he's falling in love with - out of his sight when he knows she's in danger. Jeez, what an idiot I am!
So, the moral of my story here is: If you see a problem - then it's definitely a problem that you need to address. Don't ignore it. The only result is a big loss of your time.