At the end of last week, I (kind of) finished my 3rd round of edits on Odd Squad. I say 'kind of', because I'm probably going to change the end slightly. I think that the arc dip when they realise that that they haven't defeated the bad guys and saved the day, needs to be extended. I've mapped the new piece out, I just need to start writing it.
The thing that's stopping me from diving in head first, is that I suddenly feel that my writing isn't strong enough. The story is at the shorter end of the acceptable length that a YA book should be, and I have a problem seeing how I can make it longer (other than putting in stuff that doesn’t drive the plot forwards). At the same time, thouh, it feels that there is something missing. Maybe I'm confusing developing the characters and their relationships with unnecessary padding.
Maybe I should just bite the bullet and give the MS to a couple of Crit partners and see if they feel the same.
The really odd thing is, that in typing this, I think I've managed to work out what is wrong, and what I need to do. Thanks for listening, and pulling the sympathetic faces at the right moments.