At least, it wasn’t much of a plot hole.
More like a speed bump, actually.
On Friday I wrote about coming to a screeching halt on the edge of a plot hole that was going to swallow the entire Academy of the Accord series.
About 3:00 or 3:30 Sunday morning as I was getting ready for bed the solution jumped up, bit me on the nose, slapped me with a wet trout, and called me a first class idiot.
There wasn’t a plot hole. There was just me over-thinking things.
I’m currently writing book 10, in which two students – an apprentice (Calef) and a cadet (Rarian) – leave Arcane Academy and come to The Academy of the Accord, because… reasons.
Book 11 is done (well, the first draft is) and the events and timing in it were interfering with this book.
Except they aren’t.
Let this be a lesson to me:
Never write a series out of order again!
Seriously, Self, it’s not worth the headache.
And, while we’re at it, Self, timelines are awesome tools. If I’d had a timeline (or a series outline) I wouldn’t be trying to dig myself out of non-existent plot holes and retconning half a novel or two.
So, with the timing sorted out, a nifty little twist has shown up. I’m not quite sure what it is, but it’s important: I need it to make book 11 work. And now I can’t wait to get to that point in this novel and see what it is. (Sometimes you just have to trust your muse to get you there.)
In the meantime, I need to make sense of the notes I wrote last night – and make them legible.
And happy dance.
Definitely I need to happy dance!