Working through an idea

I’m taking the day off of writing, something about being obsessed. I was having a bit of trouble in a part of the story I’m working on and that makes me a bit grumpy & reclusive. I would love to be able to have a writers group (online or in-person) to really brainstorm ideas and just work things out.

My problem came from the next step in the story. I see where I need to go but from point A to B is a little muddled. There are two paths I can take and it’s kind of throwing me off.

Vague story breakdown:
MC (main character) finds an artifact that BG(bad guys) want hidden or destroyed. MC accidentally sets off an alarm, goons come to investigate, a fight ensues, and MC heads back to village very confused. The artifact doesn’t look like anything special. MCs friend tells her to go back, clean up any signs she was there while he is getting patched up. While she is going back to cover her tracks more thugs destroy the village forcing her to look for help elsewhere.

HERE is my problem. The artifact is pretty much a non-issue at this point in time, MC was looking for stuff to sell and happened upon it. Now, the only thing that makes sense is for her friend to tell her to take the artifact and put it back to avoid further trouble before she goes back to the scene of the fight. This could work, it also lends to the a good scene of the MC coming back to the village.

Ah, that feels nice. Now I’ve got a flow going again and I feel like it will work once I get back to it.

The other reason why I’ve had some creative stumbles the last few days is due to an idea that I’ve been mulling over for a while now. It’s an alternate history story that I’ve done quite a lot of research on but I’ve had problems with the approach. It makes a great story but I don’t know how to tell the story. The other day it finally clicked on how to get the ball rolling. It would most likely be a novella rather than a full novel but it would be the start to a series of alternate history books. My problem with this one is that after the first book I have no idea what to do with it. I can see how it could be done, but it isn’t my style. 

I wish I could give the idea to someone like Harry Turtledove.

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