I’m working now on revising a novel draft I wrote in 2019 (150,000 words). When writing it I was following a more creative, muse-focused approach, purposely not planning anything about the plot except the next few scenes, that kind of thing. I’m super happy with what I got, thought there are definite inconsistencies that need addressing, and the climax needs some work.
One thing that happened during the draft, the character that I thought was the main IC didn’t turn out that way. Even though he seemed to fit the storyform as the MC’s lost dog (Universe/Future/Choice/Uncontrolled), he really ended up as a reflection of the MC throughline.
During the draft I did notice that other characters stepped up to fill the IC role, but now in revision I took a closer look and realized there are at least seven ICs! Doubting whether this was true, I tried to illustrate the main IC points (Steadfast Universe/Future/Choice/Uncontrolled, plus Help/Hinder focus/response) for each of the seven. The whole exercise took under 10 minutes – I got clear, meaningful illustrations as fast as I could type. So I’m pretty sure they’re all valid. (Also, the IC beats and scenes in Subtxt seem to apply to all these characters at different times.)
Anyway, I was wondering if anything like this has happened to anyone else?
I actually think the multiple ICs fits the sort of strange, magical, whimsical tone of the book (I was going for a Neil Gaiman sort of tone – think The Sandman or Neverwhere or The Graveyard Book). So I’m not necessarily looking to change anything, but wondering if there are any pitfalls I should watch for!