‘Fess up, friends. Has this ever happened to you?
You’ve finally tapped into that long-awaited subplot in your novel, and oh, it’s going so well. So well, in fact, that you’re cruising along, building to a fevered pitch, when suddenly–Gasp! You glance up into your rear view mirror and there’s your main character, standing 100 yards behind you on the side of the road, her hitching thumb outstretched.
You swine! You’ve abandoned her!
You promise it wasn’t intentional. You’re still every bit as committed to her storyline as you ever were. It’s just that in your enthusiasm for your sub-plot, you, well, forgot all about her. Which means, your reader will have too.
So excuse me while I turn this car around and go pick her up.
God only knows what she’s been up to while I’ve been away.