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.

Best laid plans…
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5 thoughts on “Best laid plans…

  • June 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm
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    Maybe the answer is with the daughter. She was their primary mission, so to speak. They had to keep her safe in the first instance before they could turn their attention and energy to retaking the castle. Maybe she was too young for them to safely take on their mission. Or maybe the person who invaded had sent assassins after the daughter and they had spent all this time keeping her safe.

    I hope that helps! Or at least gives you a fresh perspective to keep brainstorming from. 🙂

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  • June 19, 2011 at 6:24 am
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    Could you increase the age of the daughter when she was taken? Have her be less commanding initially and grow to be the woman you know her as who them leads the charge back in to save the Kingdom? It would give the character growth, while also reducing the time period?

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  • June 19, 2011 at 8:46 am
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    Thanks for the ideas guys. My husband even suggested one, which is unusual for him, he prefers to leave the writing to me! He suggested that there were hostages from each country on the planet.

    Further brainstorming last night brought forth another idea – a surrender treaty which needed to be signed before the bad guy could be recognised as the head of the country… So I have lots to work with, and I think they can all be incorporated into the story!

    I love sharing my writing like this, and the help that I get back from my wonderful writer friends! Thanks so much!!! :o) x x

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  • June 19, 2011 at 8:56 am
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    That’s so exciting! I love being a little part of the process, or at least getting an insight. Happy writing and enjoy the treaty.

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    • June 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm
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      I love having people I can bounce ideas off, or at least further embellish the ideas that I have to further expand them etc. Thanks for your help Kerryn, it was awesome. Assassins are definitely a part of the story, so it would fit in well.

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