Has been a cracking week for writing my SoCNoC novel, even with a trip to retrieve my mother from the shaky grounds in Christchurch, but today, I am officially a day behind… yet again. Oh well, them are the breaks.
You see, I have a bit of a technical hitch with my story. In all my excitement, I probably didn’t really think it through as well as I should have. The reason I am blogging about it, is that some of you lovely people voted for this story, so you lovely people can help me out of my problem.
Here goes: If a person invaded a country, and the king sent his daughter away with the body guards and he stayed behind – to try and negotiate etc – why would it take 5 years for the body guards to try and retake the castle?
War maybe? Yeah, but the story really doesn’t lend itself to widespread destruction. The bodyguards have set up a resistance unit, so I am thinking a more complete Authoritarian regime, complete suppression, which would work. But why 5 years? And I really need the 5 years for the daughter to be old enough to lead the body guards back into the castle.
I initially had a full scale invasion by the guards, but have since scaled it back, which will have a touch more treachery to it than I had originally planned, so that helps, but I am really hung up on the 5 year gap. Perhaps I should really let it go, but I kind of find it hard to. Why is it significant for me? Well, that is probably for me to answer, but would appreciate any constructive ideas that might help.