I have been making notes on my NaNo WIP, trying to sort through the plot to figure out where I might need changes. There are no plot holes; one plot layer was left dangling which I can deal with. But I have come to realise that my characters' lives are far too easy. My protagonist isn't working hard enough for his happy ending.
I have the tendency to give my people happy lives. It doesn't matter who they are. Even when I play Sims, all my people are happy, healthy, beautiful, rich, and have all the time to pursue their life's dreams. They are not lazy - certainly not. They lead productive life, but I give them all the tools. That obviously is not the case in real life, and should not be in the novel. If everything is served on a silver platter, anyone can solve a problem.
I haven't made things that easy for my protagonist, but he certainly could do with more problems. Instead of having several mini crisis, I have given him few mini satisfactions. At the time it seemed like a good idea, and it made me happy while writing it. And it was fine for the first draft, because remmeber the rule - first draft is a creative process. But now, things need to change.
So once again, instead of running off to start rewrites, I am taking the time to think things through and trying to decide where I can raise the stakes, and how I can make my characters' lives little more difficult.
I am getting quite impatient to write though, because while this editing WIP is stuck at notes stage, my new WIP is at outlining stage. So really need to get going so word flow can start again.