I was zipping along doing my thousand words for today before I went to bed this morning and feeling pretty good about the draft and where the story was going.
And then I came to a screeching halt at the brink of a plot hole.
A huge plot hole.
One that could swallow the planet hole and not even notice.
Here is the note that I left myself – yes, it’s in all caps. I leave myself notes in all caps so I can find them quickly.
[DAMN. I THINK THIS IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE MOVED TO BOOK 12. HOW IN THE HELL CAN I DELAY THIS SHOWDOWN FOR TWO BOOKS? I NEED SOMETHING TO KEEP THEM FROM GOING TO ARCANE IN THE SUMMER SO ORI AND ANDREK CAN GET THERE IN THE FALL FOR BOOK 11. *SIGH* IN THE MEANTIME, JUST WRITE… MAYBE HAVE THE GUILD SHOW UP AT THE END OF SPRING TERM? ARNESSA COMES FIRST TO WARN THEM.]
And then I kept writing.
That’s my trick for getting past the sticky parts. I leave myself a note and keep going.
For one thing, short of going back and rewriting a whole lot of stuff – basically scrapping most of the draft – there’s not a whole lot I can do about it right now.
And for another thing, sometimes the answer presents itself as you go along. I’m pretty sure I hit on the answer in my rant note to myself, but that doesn’t always happen, and when it doesn’t the solution is to just keep on going and see what appears out of the muddled mess.