I was talking to a writing buddy the other day about the tome and how I’d gone wrong somewhere with the plot. She offered to look at a synopsis for me to see if it really didn’t work or whether I had just lost perspective on it. This was a good opportunity, so I went home and starting working on it.
In revisiting the book, I suddenly realised something. I had solved the dilemma my protagonist is facing too early! And I solved it too easily for her. Instead of increasing my protagonist’s difficulty to a crescendo at the end of the book (remembering this is book 1 of a trilogy), I allowed her a small hissy fit halfway through. No wonder it fell flat after that!
Just goes to show, sometimes it pays to give things a rest and get some perspective.