First off, thanks to everyone who gave me such great comments on Friday, I love the writerly blogging community. Everyone is so supportive, it just grows my little grinch heart.
Second of all, due to your encouragement and the mensa-level quality of my genius, I've come up with the middle of my story! Is that worthy of an entire blog post? Probably not. But will it be an entire blog post because I said so? I think we all know that answer.
"JEM, what's the secret to your success?" you ask. Well, gentle readers, I'll tell you: the current WIP is book one of an intended three book series (a la Hunger Games if I haven't fangirl squealed enough), and in examining the long arc of the storyline I realized I could shuffle some information gathering around without damaging the overall trajectory of the story. It also helps set up the impetus for the movement in the next two stories AND gives my characters a reason to do stuff. So, I mean, once I actually stopped being drunk long enough to think about it, the change made perfect sense.
My lesson from all of this: if you're feeling a lag in your story, bump the major plot milestones up and see where it takes you. Otherwise you're most likely adding fluff filler, and that only works for duvets.