So my friend Rose Cooper blogged about revisions today. You should definately visit her blog.
But anyway, she got me thinking about revisions and brainstorming and how important it is to have a crit group.
Recently I've been working on a revision which included the addition of a secondary plot/ twist. I felt as though I had two options. If I only had myself to bounce these options off of, it would have sounded like this:
Me: So, I'm thinking. For this MS, the MC can have choice A or choice B. Choice A has this going for it, but it has these negatives. Choice B has just as many pluses and negatives. Which do you think I should go with?
Self: Sounds good.
Do you see why you can't ask yourself? First of all you'll either get confused or just agree with yourself. Second of all, I didn't ask if it sounded good. I needed a selection. But I didn't want to have to choose, so I just avoided it altogether.
Now when I asked my crit group there were dozens of lenghty emails back and forth (which I won't post here because you'd be reading this blog post for a week - and i'm sure that wouldn't make you a happy camper). Anyway, the conversations led to more questions and more thinking. Ultimately those additional questions led me to my final answer. Choice B.
So, like I've said before. Get a crit group. They're there for more than just critiquing a manuscript. They're great for brainstorming, plotting and support!