As many of you know, I did another NaNoWriMo this year. I was working on The Obsidian Chimera, the second book in The Lost Guardians series that starts with The Glass Gargoyle- aka the one with the drunken faeries ;).
I've been reading what I have so far, NaNo is so fast I don't really read what I write, and I have to say--it ain't bad. In fact, it's feeling like a nice solid book baby!
But there was one sub-plot that kept haunting me, and not in a good way. It's an emotional thread and just felt out of place. I still like it, I think, but after a few days thinking about it I've realized it doesn't feel right in this book. This is a trilogy (or possibly a pair of trilogies) and the third book already has a darker feel (things go from bad to worse to worser (yes, it's a word- I say so ;)) so this thread might feel more natural there.
I liked it when I added it in, and in theory liked it when I thought about it. But when I read it, it just felt shoved in. Plot-wise, it fits, there's nothing jarring about it. It was just more at a gut level that I felt like I was already trying to find ways to work around it.
So, I'll be yanking the sucker out and setting it aside for possible inclusion in book 3. I did already write the ending of The Obsidian Chimera, and the string does play a part there, so I'll have some fixing to do, but I already feel better that I'm removing it.
What about you? Ever have to rip out a sub-plot or character because they just weren't doing it for you?