The above is written on a sticky note, sitting beside my right elbow as I type this post. It's a flaw I found in my WIP during the re-write of chapter 22. Chapter twenty-friggin-two, people. This book only has 31 chapters. I'm almost done for petesakes. And now this.
And the sticky note? It taunts me.
Sure, Major is not the MC. Thank goodness for small favors. But he's a major secondary character. He needs to be consistent. (Don't they all.)
I was complaining about this yesterday morning to my daughter via FB chat. I believe my exact words were 'I don wanna go back and fix all that'. Her first answer was 'then don't'. To which I replied, 'I gotta'. And she, being the lovely spawn of all things good within me, said something to the affect of 'then get to work', cracked a whip and told me she'd talk to me later.
Easier said than done. Going back to fix all the places where he has dialogue seems like a gigantic mound of steaming manure I have to shovel through. And before I can even do that, I have to figure out which Major is the right Major. Is he all deferential and proper, or is he a snarky bastard? Or does he only get deferential when his feelings are hurt, and otherwise he's cheeky? And there's another bit to consider that I can't talk about here because it would be a massive spoiler, but I have to take it into account when determining his voice.
Anyone who thinks or says that writing is easy should be horse whipped - with a real horse.
On the upside, I discovered this inconsistency before I was finished enough to send this WIP out into the world. Now I just need to decide whether I'm going to stop everything to fix all that, or finish with these last few chapters before I set myself to shoveling.
I'm thinking forge ahead. That's my general rule when faced with something like this - make a note and forge onward.
Which is why that stupid sticky note is sitting next to my elbow...
Anything taunting you these days, or is it smooth sailing where you are?