Last month I took a few days to flesh out my next novel and promptly…
Last week I was coming up with plot ideas, and the perfect one came to me. I was so excited! The book I’m plotting is pretty murky at this point, so my soul did a little sideline cheer when the idea hit. Since this is a story toward the end of a series, I had to go back through my notes for the other books to make sure it would work.
Guess what? It didn’t.
I was bummed. Like, literally, heavy sighing and maybe an eye-roll occurred. But then I remembered that the final book of the series had a really weak area I hadn’t addressed.
The perfect plot idea that wouldn’t work for the current book? Perfect for the final one! Yay!!
Of course that meant I still needed to figure out the current story, but I wasn’t upset about it. In fact, I headed to the park and took a long walk to allow my brain the time and space it needs to work on the problem. While I didn’t get the exact solution on the walk, the questions rolling around in my mind led me to the breakthrough the next day.
For me, figuring out plot holes or plots in general, takes time, many questions, a lot of thinking, and sometimes reviewing the rest of the series. In this case, a YouTube video proved a good starting point, too.
Have you ever gotten the perfect plot idea and realized it was for the wrong book?
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