This thread is for sharing your personal victories, large or small, when it comes to your writing.
My victory today… well, some context first. I finished the first draft of my novel in November, but then it just… kinda sat on hold. I’ve done some revision work, but it’s so full of plot holes I haven’t been able to fix that it’s mostly just been sitting around untouched.
The biggest and most glaring plot hole is in the premise itself: my main character, who is an alien, gets sent to Earth, but WHY? I originally had him as a scout sent here on a reconnaissance mission to gather information about Earth, which is a candidate for invasion (and does, in fact, get invaded later in the book). The glaring problem here is what information could he possibly have been sent to gather? If his people have such advanced technology they can travel to and INVADE other planets, what sort of necessary information would require boots on the ground? Wouldn’t it be enough to observe from orbit?
Also relevant here: my MC has good (or at least decent) mechanical skills. I ideally wanted to make this relevant to the plot somehow, but I never figured out how to showcase it at all, so it unfortunately ended up being just one of those facts that pretty much no one knows but the author. One of his (many) frustrations with being in the military was that they could have given him a job that interested him, like doing maintenance on vehicles, but did they? No, they just had to send him to some stupid planet light years away where he had to live undercover among weird aliens. Yeah, no thanks.
But now all that’s changed, thanks to today’s victory: I was daydreaming today about ideas for the sequel when I figured out how to fix both these issues. Oddly enough, I was actually picturing a scene that would introduce a character who was only mentioned briefly in the first book, but the scene involved my MC fixing something for him, and somehow, suddenly, the realization came to me:
His mechanical skills ARE useful in the first book and are the key to fixing that plot hole I’ve been stuck on for months. He isn’t on a recon mission. Earth isn’t just a candidate for invasion. Earth is already a decided target, and my MC is sent there on a sabotage mission. Sure, the aliens have enough military power to take over easily, but it makes perfect sense they’d want to cripple Earth’s military capability first by sabotaging their equipment, in order to minimize losses.
It makes so much sense now. I’ve spent so much time brainstorming, researching, asking online, asking family, brainstorming some more… and come up with nothing that seemed to work. And then the answer comes to me when I’m not even trying.
Such is the creative process, I guess. I’m just glad to have finally figured it out! Hopefully now I can finally move on with my novel.
So, fellow Wrimos, what are your latest writing victories?