So, my WIP is at a point where the middle section is ready, and I am writing the intro. Now the intro is ready and I need to sew it together with the middle section. Which is fine, except I need to make up things while the part relies on somewhat factual real world factors. A somewhat paranoid detective is trying to find out more about a company and he has a friend who works in the financial world. He remembers something which he mentioned a while ago, about an unexplained economic puzzle, and that a solution to solving it would be to trace where the money goes... Just bar-talk. Now he thinks he can help him is his investigation, because he is intrigued in finding out if it is possible to trace where the money goes and what it tells about a company. Are millions pumped into it? Is it funded by the government? Is is all hidden? He wonders these things because he wants to know just what exactly he is dealing with and how serious it is. Well, so I need to add a fictional element to something about the real world which could be also plausible. I don't know much about it, but with a little creativity I should get there. A deus ex-machina would be a villain or circumstance that prevents them from finding out too much, and that way I only need to make up reasons why they CAN'T discover the 'truth'. An reason that is as well substantial evidence to assume with fair certainty what IS going on, or to make the main character want to discover the truth even more, by other means, such as following the person instead of trying to locate a hidden agenda for which there is no reason to assume it actually exists. It would be the solution to have their means of research sabotaged because this company doesn't want them to discover the truth and somehow they are intertwined with society in such a way that they know when someone, or someone of their interest is going to cause trouble. It's more like the main character wants it to exist because it would be convenient to him, because then he could say "I told you so" (to no-one in particular), and based on his findings work towards getting the truth out. But in stead, yes, that is what I will be doing, is write the part where they meet resistance. And resistance means there is... something. He runs into this situation by coincidence, so another coincidence to get him into it further (no-way-back further) would be repetitive. I favor above solution. Has anyone else written something that they could only progress by doing something radical in order to not get stuck?