Unfortunately, if I remove that chapter then the novel, which was already on the short side, officially becomes a novella. I don't want a novella. I want a novel.
So I've been taking advantage of the insomnia due to oxycodone withdrawal (fun times!) to try to come up with some way to fill out the novel without just stuffing it full of rice like a cheap burrito. I can't get around the fact that I'm going to have to make more happen.
Some of you have read a draft of the whole novel. Although there have been lots of positive comments, everyone has also made it clear that I do not end the novel well. I improved it some, but it still leaves you hanging (sorry). Some of you also know that I already started a sequel to Ravenswood. It seemed like a priority since I ended the first one so unsatisfactorily.
What's funny to me (and probably only to me) is that the original climax to the novel is currently in the middle, and now what was, to me, the new climax of the novel is going to be in the middle, as well. This sucker just keeps growing.
What is less funny is that I now have another 25,000 to 30,000 words to write and a lot of reorganizing to do. It's kind of like thinking you finished building the shed and deciding instead to make it the entry of a nice vacation cabin.
Incorporating the sequel is also going to bring in a guy who wears vintage clothes and skinny pants and probably a scarf. Believe it or not, I really don't have anything to do with these decisions.
I'd better get back to writing. I have a LOT of work to do.