I think I mentioned that I’ve been working on re-plotting Fighter One. It’s a good storyline, I just needed to do some major surgery to make it all work the way that I wanted it to. I’ve switched events around, moved the whole thing further forward in the timeline, and played with point of view. I actually finished the latest write-through during Camp NaNoWriMo.
And promptly returned to my Snowflake. You see, although this is a standalone novel, there’s the potential for a five book series, and I wanted to plot that series out before I went much further. A lot can happen over four additional books, and I want to ensure that I leave the cornerstones of the plot and story world that I will need for those books.
I knew from the beginning of the process that there was a problem with the last two books, but not what exactly. I had a vague idea that the last two books would reveal a sweeping and epic problem that would lead to an awesome climax and end the series with a metaphorical (and possibly literal) bang. I just didn’t know what this problem was.
I figured it out on Saturday, at what I would have thought to be both the most and least likely of places.
Saturday I attended When Words Collide, which is a local writers/readers con. I learned a lot, like I fully expected, but I was sitting in a panel that I thought would be relevant to my main character(s) when somebody said something that made me think about my own story.
And then I realized exactly what the central crux of the whole series was about, and it wasn’t what I thought. The plot hole wasn’t big enough to drive a truck through, that’s an exaggeration, but it was quite large and it had been bothering me for a month or so. To have it sorted out was both a relief and exhilarating.
Of course, it totally changed the course of the books, so I have a little bit of re-plotting to do now. But it’s totally worth the extra work to get everything figured out!!