by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig
Sometimes when we’re drafting a book or writing an outline, we’ll run into something that needs to happen in the plot, but is clumsy, or seems convenient or contrived.
I’m working on something now and ran into this problem. As a matter of fact, I’ve run into this same exact problem in a different manuscript. I need to have my sleuth’s home broken into. How can I get away with that? She has nosy neighbors. She’s alert. She’s, as a matter of fact, an insomniac. The villains in my stories are gifted amateurs, not career criminals with a knack for picking locks.
It’s difficult to make this break-in happen without making my sleuth appear dumb, forgetful, careless, or generally unfit for sleuthing.