I'm quickly reaching the conclusion of my first novel. It is a near-future science fiction novel involving the invasion of aliens (so original, right?) but there is a mystery aspect to the plot. many things don't quite make sense and the MC eventually figures it out. the problem was that I didn't figure it out until the MC did... so my questions is this: How in Zeus's name did I create such a plot that answered itself? Do other writers do this? They set all the pieces in motion and subconscious steer them towards some sort of coherent conclusion? It should be noted that Timothy Zahn is my favourite author and his plots usually do this - many parts make no sense until the very end, at which point it seems so blatantly obvious that you feel handicapped for not figuring it out before hand. I'm just wondering if his novels do the same thing to him - that he doesn't actually know the resolution until it's upon him?