Stuck in a Plot Bind

Much like your characters, you have to be creative and resourceful.

On the drive home today I had a brilliant idea of where to go with my story. I realized how I could make the villain more of a character and less of a stereotype of a character, and I discovered how I could move the plot forward. Although I write some of my best stuff as a “pantser” (read as writing by the seat of your pants), it’s always tough when you hit a road block in the plot. You know where you want to go, but the street signs are blurry, the road is full of fog, and you’re not sure that this road is even in the right cardinal direction.

The only way out of a trap like that is brainstorming. Much like your characters, you have to be creative and resourceful. You have to think about your supporting characters and how they would react, what they might know, and what they don’t know. For this particular plot bind, I thought of where the villain might be at this point in the plot while one of my MC’s was sneaking about. And that lead to not only a fingernail-biting scene, but to a major character development in both the villain and the MC. It’s always nice when things wrap up well like that!

Terry thinks he’s being cautious, but he might as well be walking around with trash can lids tied to his feet. Brakkis terrifies him and then shows him something that completely blows Terry away.

Summary: Leekston is an unassumingly quiet southern town, but it hides many secrets. An unusual government entity that studies the strange supernatural activity in the area is only one of many. Six years after the incident at the Kayak Hills subdivision, Suzie once again must protect her family from the creatures of the night and help to prevent a bloodthirsty werewolf pack from tearing her friends and family apart.

Project: The Secrets of Leekston (Working)
Deadline: April 2012 (Updated Deadline)
New words written: 2,578
Present total word count: 55,970

Total Word Count for 2012: 3,740
Photo by Emily Barney

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