Listen up, kids! Want to know a totally dysfunctional way to add a new plot line to your book before resubmitting it to an agent? Well, you've come to the right place!
Now, please be aware that this method I've just discovered is a totally different dysfunctional method than the one I use to write the book in the first place. It is, however, somewhat related.
1. Figure out the new character and the new story line. Blah, blah, blah, right? That part's kind of normal, I guess. But here's where the fun starts:
2. Create a new document and start writing the new story line, chunk by chunk, scene by scene. Do this without the slightest idea of where, or indeed whether, any of it will fit into the existing book. Just write. This is the step I'm currently on. And when I'm done, I plan to follow it with:
3. Map out the existing book, scene by scene, chapter by chapter, in the belief that when this process is done, the places where all the new chunks belong will magically be revealed.
4. Insert all the new chunks in their perfectly foreordained spots. Then read the whole book and make changes as necessary until, voila! There are no longer two disconnected documents, but a perfectly blended whole.
Simple, right? What could possibly go wrong? You know the phrase, TRUST THE PROCESS? Well, it's not "trust the sane, logical process," is it? Nope. It's "trust your own process." So I take that to mean that if your own process seems, even to you, even as you're experimenting with it, insane and illogical, trust it anyway.
Okey dokey. I'll keep you posted. Don't worry, it's not contagious.