Working doggedly at the opposing POV and wrestling with plot points until I was almost banging my head against the wall, I have succeeded in taking this novel where I wanted it to go - at least in note form.
There were always two main problems:
- I couldn't see the second main character as I was stuck inside the head of the main character (a problem with writing so intently in the first person)
- There was no inciting incident before the Act II climax
So there is a lot to be said for standing back, going through the novel with a fine tooth-comb and making pages and pages of notes. I sometimes found myself thinking on the page and the notes themselves are an unholy mess. I ended up making notes of notes to put some order into them. But now it's done. I sat back on Thursday and realised - you've got it. This is the novel. The story is there at last.
I just have to write it now.