partly because it seems so obvious in retrospect, but mostly because it means I will have to rewrite to an extent which I have never rewritten before.
And I sidelined it. Ugh. What makes it worse is that it's my MFC's (main female character's) relationship with a mentor. I was plenty concerned about her romantic relationship, because that's also important to the plot...but how could I forget about this pivotal mentor? Does that mean I made my MFC all about the romance? Now I feel like a bad feminist.
Well, I guess I'm not so much a bad feminist as I am a bad -- well, let's say learning -- writer. Leaving the reader free to use their imagination isn't the same thing as expecting the reader to read your mind as well as your book.
Also, critique partners are essential. I really don't think The Book could progress beyond its current draft in any major way without the questions and comments of my critique partner.
I am almost back from vacation (one more day of Road Trip Hell to go). Care to leave a comment for me to read when I get back? Have you had any editing "DUH" or *facepalm* moments? Any similar experiences?
In the meantime, I'll be doing rewrites, rewrites, rewrites.