I have a longer article in gestation (which should be good-ish), but a quick question to my vast readership.
I’ve got some plot-critical action happening, and I’m unable (at the present) to think of a good way to plausibly get my protagonist on the spot to participate.
My options are to either:
- move the action entirely off page
- stretch my readers’ suspension of disbelief by trying to get my protagonists directly involved; or
- do a half-and-half solution where the protagonists oversee (via either camera or audio communication) what’s going on.
The problem of the first solution is (obviously) that I lose immediacy, especially since I’ve been pretty consistency using first person and third-person limited modes. What happens is in many ways the climax (or penultimate climax) of the book, so I do want it to hit hard.
The problem with the second is that I’d have to come up with a pretty convincing rationale as to why the protagonists have to be directly involved. In a slight spoiler, it takes place on a Naval Space station, with a ranking Naval officer assisting them. This character can order any number of subordinates, MPs, Marines to do his bidding, and I can’t think of any elegant way in which to persuade him to send our non-military protagonists to the hot-spot.
The problem with the third is that it suffers from the lack of immediacy, that I’ve already used a very similar off-page method in ANOTHER plot-critical moment earlier in the book, and that it leaves the main protagonist without anything to do. Now I’m not totally averse to making him an observer at this point (there will definitely be more for him to do, later), but having character’s present, but passive, is a real disincentive for being interested in them.
So, any help or comments on which way forward is best?