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ISWG Writing Myself Into a Corner

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

First and foremost, happy New Year!!!!
Now, onto the subject at hand, LOL. Currently, I'm writing a Young Adult Fantasy that transports the MC to ancient Carthage in 216 BCE.  The pacing is pretty fast throughout with a few rest spots for the readers. While I like what I've written so far, it wasn't until chapter 28 that I realized my MC hadn't spent enough time in Carthage. She walked through the city as a prisoner, was captured by the God Ba'al Hammon's guards, spent some time in the temple and was then set on her journey. While this is well and good, my heroine has to make a choice that will affect the fate of the Carthaginian people. To accomplish this, she needs to be invested in them, to care about them. Needless to say, I was pissed off that I left such an important element out of the story.

I've since outlined the entire plot (which took three days to complete).  Now, I have to go back and insert chapters, then change other scenes that are affected by the ripples from the new chapters. Grad school begins on the 18th, and I'll be doing a field placement. I'm insecure that this will eat up most of my time for writing. Even if I take thirty minutes a day at lunchtime, it'll take another six months to complete the draft. Argggh.  Guess I'll have to suck it up and just do it.  Have any of you ever written your characters into a corner? If so, how did you handle the situation? Did you have to make many changes to the novel? I'd be interested to read about your experiences. Until next time, happy writing.   

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