I just wanted to make a stupid spooky story but I screwed it all up by choosing a setting that doesn't make sense. The story is about a young soldier who is sent to an island off the coast. The area has heavy mist and according to the locals, it is haunted by monster/witch of some kind who lures sailors to their doom. The young soldier doesn't take note of the stories and does his job which is where the problem starts: why are they on the island to begin with? It doesn't make sense to have them there because it has no strategic value which is also the point. It is supposed to be neglected and abandoned to make the soldiers suspicious of their purpose. The idea is that they are a sacrifice to this monster. The monster will choose one of them and the rest will grow mad and kill each other. But why the military is involved in this, I don't know. I'm trying to think of reason that maybe military use the monster somehow or that the monster is the one manipulating the military, or maybe the military wants to get rid of these people specifically. But it all seems too convoluted and I'm having a hard time continuing the story after they set foot on the island. What are they even suppose to do there? I have come up with other ideas to work around this but in turn this shifts focus from the 'spooky creepy' and from the main character. I was stupid and thought I could make things up as I went along, but I think the original idea was too vague to do that. I chose poorly. Now I've worked on this for so long that I don't want to make anymore major changes and I also don't want to abandon it because of all the work I've done, although I'm leaning towards the latter to be honest... I'm not expecting anything by posting this, just figuring things out and hopefully avoiding making the same mistake again.