|What replotting looks like inside my head.|
But that was okay. I had a solution. It was typed out in outline form over a month ago after the first read, when I recognized the flaw in the story's logic. It was a great solution. In fact, it was so amazing that modern science hasn't even caught up with it. Which meant, sadly, it was no good for this novel. I'm not writing a futuristic sci-fi. My character has already performed a spectacular scientific feat. To have her make two amazing scientific leaps in one novel was one too many.
Back to the drawing board. The outline was cast aside. I was back to bullet points, each bullet representing a possible way to make the story work. My goal was ten plot possibilities that could get me out of my current trap. I made it to #9 before I hit upon my new strategy. It took an hour, and I felt physically drained from the mental strain.
This morning, I translated my new idea back into outline form. That took another hour of massaging the new plot points to work with the current story. The end result:
- one new scene will have to be written
- two to five original scenes will need to be edited and rewritten to incorporate this idea
- the epilog will need a few more paragraphs of explanation to help the read draw all the twists together