I know why Vinadi’s alive! (And why they want him dead.)

It’s funny how the mind works, especially when it comes to the creative process.

The weekend was not as productive as I had hoped, word-count-wise.  But I did have a major (I hope!) breakthrough on a gaping plot hole/massive logic-fail in Book One of the Academy of the Accord series.

It was written during NaNoWriMo, and at the time it had seemed like a good idea for Vinadi’s family to be trying to kill him.  But later, looking back, I had to figure out why they wanted to kill him.

I knew that it had to do with them wanting to destroy the Accord, and somehow killing him would do it – but how and why?

And, more importantly, why was he still alive?  If they wanted him dead it would have been a simple matter to do it when he was an infant.

At one point I had a huge convoluted series of step-parents for him, complete with a tangled plot line that would have done any major soap opera proud, but that stopped making sense before it started.

So, it’s been bugging me, as I can’t really sort out everything in the rest of the series with this massive bit of illogic at the start of it, since it’s tied into the overall story arc of the series.  I’ve talked to myself about it on 750words.com.  I’ve handwritten notes and ideas.  (And I’ve crossed out most of them.)

And then while working on a later book in the series it suddenly all seemed to come together and make sense.   I not only know why he’s alive, but why they want to kill him.  (At least, it made sense at the time and I wrote myself a lengthy note about it.)

And with any luck, all the rest of my plot issues throughout the series will fall into place now that this problem has been solved.

Now all I can do is keep my fingers crossed that it still makes sense when I sit down to re-write a large chunk of Book One.

That’s not going to happen for a while yet, though:  I’m trying to finish rough drafts of all the books in the series by the end of the year, and then I want to work on getting the Other Mages trilogy ready to publish.

But for now, life is good.

And I’m off to feed peeled grapes to my Muse.

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2 responses to “I know why Vinadi’s alive! (And why they want him dead.)

  1. This happened to me earlier in the year. I rewrote book one in a series in October, then immediately wrote the sequel for NaNoWriMo 2012 and at the end of the second book, something massive changed.
    I then had to go back and work out how on earth this affected book 1, and how to change it to fit in. It was only through planning book three that I saw the connections that would make it work, after two months of staring at the first book >_>
    Good luck with the re-write when you come to it!

    • Thanks! You do not want to know how many places in the books of this series I have notes to myself that say “RETCON THIS IN BOOK #!” I really admire authors who can write a series in order (mine isn’t) and start publishing before the rest of it is finished. I am bot dreading and looking forward to editing this mess…

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