I hadn't planned to work on my novel's opening chapter between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m.
But I woke up, my mind filled with questions about the story's maguffin – the item my characters would pursue.
I'd thought everything was in place. But yesterday evening I began re-reading one of my favorite mysteries: Curses! by Edgar Award-winning novelist Aaron Elkins. Early in the story Elkins makes sure readers grasp the rarity of a pre-conquest Mayan codex.
No lights flashed as I read that chapter, but my subconscious mind took note. At 3:30 I woke up and began considering what my Professor Hastings had packed into his Gladstone bag. For readers to understand why two criminal syndicates were after the bag, I had some to do some explaining.
And that means further research into two obscure subjects. Then I'll simply have to figure out a way to convey that information without intruding into the story.
Maybe that will come at 3:30 next Saturday morning.