Yes, yes, yes! Finally, I’m getting there: towards the end of the dratted WIP (which, by the way, stands for “work in progress” — just in case you wondered). Last night I reached a total page count of 311. *beaming smile*
Unfortunately, last night also saw another character of mine freaking out. This time it was my heroine, who suddenly developed these rather surprising new characteristics and ended up holding a knife against somebody else’s throat (no, it wasn’t the hero’s throat) (hey, that’s at least something!). Hmm. Which brought me back to a problem I already had with THE LILY BRAND: it seems that I’ve got this small tendency to unman my heroes. Thus, my unfortunate heroes get tied to boulders (while the heroine saves the day) or fall down stairs / off horses (while the heroine saves the day). Which is, of course, a bit of a problem, because by definition the hero in romance is supposed to be tall, dark, dangerous and saving the day (as well as the heroine). Have you ever tried saving the day while tied to a boulder? See? BIG PROBLEM! Duh.
Thus, during revisions, one thing I need to do is making the hero more heroic. Since he doesn’t save the day (see boulder-problem above), new scenes have to be created to allow the hero to prove his heroicness (which explains why Troy had a bit of a rough ride when trying to get the doctor: crossing dangerous rivers on horseback is, apparently, an appropriate test of manliness) (something like slaying a dragon, only you can’t have your hero slay a real dragon in an otherwise normal Regency-set historical romance) (by the same token you can’t end your story in exasperation on page 200 by having aliens abduct your Regency protagonists. This is considered to be a big No-No!).
So now I’ll need to think of something heroic for Fenris to do. I’m sure something will come to my mind eventually.
If not, I might try the “UFO-dropped-on-castle” approach after all. *G*