marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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wrong sort of gun

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. . . I may have given one the wrong gun.

The heroine has to destroy something.  Everyone knows it's not a crisis because it's not urgent.  The heroine also knows that unless she gets it done, it's going to be a crisis, and a very nasty one.  She gets less support than she really needs because -- well, it's not urgent.

And there are troubles and perils along the way.

The trick is, those troubles and perils can't be too great, and still more, too obviously related to the problem, or the lack of support will look too ludicrous.  (Not for real life, perhaps, but more than would be plausible in fiction.)   People have to argue that she just encountered what everyone else could or (at the very worst) that she had a run of bad luck.  Which means I may need to tear up the outline and tone down her problems.

Or maybe I can have a fix for the initial problems, and have everyone deduce that things are fixed, missing what's still going on. . . .

decisions, decisions. . . .
Tags: conflict, motives and purposes
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