I can't seem to make the first half of my novel pick up. I can feel it when I read it - it's boring all the way til Chapter 11 and then suddenly it's riveting (or at least it had my heart pounding and wanting to read on, which was not the case until half way through). What is wrong with it? I think the problem is in my subplot: 1. It's very separate from my MC's journey, making it harder to introduce and relate to 2. My secondary characters - for the life of me I cannot think of what else they could be doing before their subplot starts. These are the leaders of my fantasy country during a war. I can't even play strategy games so writing about war strategy would be a disaster. I've also found myself utterly uninspired when it comes to battle scenes. I write them out of obligation (since my novel does concern a war) and here my writing struggles to jump off the page, so I wouldn't like to focus on strategy or battles. But what else is there?!? 3. My MC has a series of dreams, and these dreams reveal plot and establishes the twist in my ending - so they're mandatory - except for the life of me I cannot seem to make them mysterious. I feel like I'm spelling out plot rather than telling a story. (it's mostly a series of dialogue) I've been stuck for a month now and I've lost all enthusiasm for the book thanks to it. Please help. Just a note - the MS is complete. This is the editing stage when I'm noticing these flaws.