I’ve been facing a dilemma for about a week. I’m nearing the end of the first draft of QUAIL’S RUN, the second book in The Phoenix Connection Series, and I don’t know who did it. I’ve intentionally kept the identity of the villain secret from my future readers, and now I find that I’ve kept the secret too well.
So, I’ve struggled, going over the storyline time and time again, searching for clues. I left some along with a few red herrings. But, sorting the red herrings from the clues makes my eyes water and my brain hurt.
And then the scary thoughts come drifting out of the shadows.
What if I publish this book and then realize the villain identified in the last chapter was proven innocent in chapter fifteen?
Oh, my… What a fix I’ve created for myself…When I put my brain in high-gear, sleep doesn’t come easy with all the buzzing in my head.
Son had a simple solution – No brainer, the butler did it. Husband isn’t offering any advice after hearing my response to Son.
So, in the wee hours this morning I consulted my Ultimate Advisor as I have almost every morning for as long as I can remember. And, His answer floated into my mind. Stop stalling! You’re the author. You decide.
I’m a reader and a writer, two activities I enjoy and should be true to each. Somehow I slipped into reader mode this past week, trying to figure things out from the storyline I’d read. However, I’m the author. I can choose the villain and rewrite the clues and red herrings as needed.
Whew! I hate to admit how simple everything is once I see the path I should follow.
The general truth is even simpler, and it’s the advice I’ve given others: Take it to the Lord in prayer and wait with a quiet mind and a patient heart. The answer will come in His own time.