Once I’ve decided on the second fight scene, I’ve consulted with my subject matter expert, and I know where and why and have the bare bones for how… why does it take three more scenes before the first bullet flies?
Oh, right, because plot. And characters, needing to get from point A to point B. And setting up all the people and pieces to be in the right configuration when the action kicks off.
And sometimes, having figured out that X needs to be at Q in time for IIb, I am so glad I can go back a couple chapters, and casually layer in X starting to head for Q in time for them to arrive before IIa, much less IIb.
Or in some cases, putting in the setup for the joke that just came to mind when writing. Which is a fun joke… and I went back and made sure the setup was there because after I wrote it, I realized that despite the amusement, it’s actually assisting a critical plot element.
Because sometimes, the way to make sure the good guys get there first isn’t just making sure they know the local roads and shortcuts… It’s getting the bad guys stuck behind a combine as it’s moving from one field to another.
Because sometimes you have to go to war with what you have, even if it’s a pair of fencing pliers. You never know when they’ll come in handy…