Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. Which is one reason having a beta reader – or three, or as many as you can lasso and bribe with chocolate – is critical. More eyes = more chances for someone to say, “Wait, that doesn’t seem right….”
Sometimes what you don’t know is that you’re actually missing a whole scene the reader really, really needs to place what the heck is going on, who are those guys, and why is a glass of mead a really bad sign?
Sometimes, though, hitting a problem spot again and again will at least give you the shape of what information needs to get into the story for everything to make sense. And if you’re lucky (and have helpful betas, betas are gold, I swear), you realize, “Wait. The most effective way to get this in there is not Exposition Dump, but write a new scene… that needs to go in front of what’s already written and will entail several edits of the current stuff to make sure everything blends together. Sigh.”
Which is what I’m in the middle of writing right now. *Crossed fingers, knocks on wood.* Because I finally realized that for this particular confrontation, our heroes would have made several preparations to cut down the damage to innocent bystanders. Including making a Plan C. They really don’t want to use Plan C.
(Of course they’ll have to use Plan C….)
Unrelated note: who’s seen Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and does anyone have any info, anywhere, on when it might actually be out on DVD? Because I ran into the clip below on YouTube, and the bunnies… may have berserked. A bit. *Halo* (Warning, bloody anime clip, PG-13 at least.)
Knight in Sour Armor Half-Human Hybrid Genius Bruiser vs. Our Zombies Are Different? Yes plz.