The Book Took a Turn

Me taking a photo of a security camera taking a photo of me.

My current WIP is literary fiction, not genre. It’s weird for me.

So, I had an arc planned, but the characters took a left turn. It was the result of a drunken conversation outside of a bar. The protagonist was talking to his friend and they came up with a drunken idea. As soon as they did I knew that they would have to go with that drunken idea. I also knew that the friend would at first accept it, but that later he would try to sabotage it. Right now he’s accepting it, even encouraging it, because he does actually care about the protagonist, but his loneliness, selfishness, and ego will overcome that before the end of the book. It’s the only thing that makes sense. It will also create a brand new form of conflict, in the middle of an existing conflict.

Here’s where it gets interesting, I haven’t really given the lead character his moment yet. There will come a point where he figures out that he does whatever people tell him to do, he flows with the current, always. Eventually, he will need to discover that he can do something else instead.

This is very abstract stuff, but it completely and totally changed my book. The ending needs to change, at least some of the details. I have to decide if, at the end, I want to have a happyish ending or the complete horror show that is more likely. My original ending was ambiguous, but it’s now impossible.

So, where do I go from there? I have to revise my outline like crazy, to account for this twist (that for the reader won’t be a twist, it will just be what happened).

I don’t know, it’s a mystery right now. I plan to have it worked out by end of day tomorrow, however, so long as I don’t do this to myself again…

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