So after weeks of hair pulling to smooth out that big knot in my plot, I finally found a way out!
The best part is I get the following results:
1) Shorter novel (cut it down to 148K words so far. That’s approx. 60K worth of rubbish chopped out. What the heck was I yapping about before?)
2) A cool new character (he makes me laugh though I don’t know if many people will like him. He’s my private joke, the bright warm glow to nudge me through this journey of pain)
3) Smoother plot merge (at least I think so, now my two MCs have a common goal even coming from two different angles. I’ve no idea how I missed the opportunity before)
4) Relatively cleaner ending (though I’m afraid… rather more boring than the original version. Never mind. We’ll see how it goes)
Now, it’s only a matter of writing it all out. Let’s see how I go, eh?