Here’s my process.
Diagnosis Normally critics point out the holes, but sometimes you just realize things don’t add up..
1. Plot Holes: he couldn’t have gotten there in time, or I’m a professional X and this is not how that works. or, it seems too coincidental that this showed up at that time.
2. Character Holes: why doesn’t she just call the cops? He doesn’t seem like the type of guy to do that.
ok several people noticed this so it needs to be fixed. Only one person had an issue with that because they had some obscure knowledge.
I break it down like this:
Hole: The police would have gotten a record of that cell call
Option A: he never makes the call (pros, cons, new holes caused by this)
Option B: he used a different phone
Option C: the call does get brought up but there’s another explanation.
Don’t make a choice right away, let it marinate and stir, or else you can get swallowed in an endless loop of despair when each fix causes a new problem. Normally one choice will outweigh the others, then write it.
ASK YOUR CRITICS FOR HELP! OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS ARE ALWAYS EASIER TO SOLVE!