My novel, Dead Man Floating, was beta-read by a good friend who commented on the plot.
Following those comments I made significant changes. I removed a sub plot, losing 26,000 words, and edited the entire novel to remove any references to said plot. So far, so good.
I trialled altering point of view; included the scenes under the MC’s viewpoint; reverted to the original POV’s; erased other scenes but kept to the original plot to fit. It involved rewriting, cutting and pasting, moving scenes to an earlier or later chapter, and so on. I read, and reread, each draft, tweaking the story to fit the new outline.
It was time to send out chapters to my critique partners on Scribophile. Great feedback, errors and a few inconsistencies noted, and each chapter edited again. Some comments, I didn’t agree with. That’s okay.
I posted chapters 9, 10 and 11. Before I received my first critique, I spotted a glaring error. A major character appeared in a scene before he had been introduced later in the chapter. Uh oh! His role at this point was minor and easy to cut out. So, the chapter continued.
On to chapter 11. A policeman reviewer pointed out that if A happened, then B couldn’t exist. My plot fell into a sinkhole.
What did I do? Panic. Wouldn’t you?
After a few days, leaving the plot and the disaster to ferment in my angst-ridden imagination, I managed to return to my paper and pen. Perhaps it wasn’t the disaster I had visualised.
I used the problem as a header then a sub-title ‘Possible Resolutions’. The subsequent list produced an answer I could use without losing the integrity of the remaining plot. Now, to return to the WIP and rewrite.
Again, I will need to alter story facts by cutting and pasting, and dropping the relevant information into other scenes and chapters. Edit, tweak, edit, tweak.
Fingers crossed, it will work.