1. tcol4417

    tcol4417 Member

    Jul 27, 2009
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    I can't believe this worked - try it if you're stuck

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by tcol4417, Feb 4, 2013.

    Take this advice with a truckload of salt - obviously not everything works for everyone and I was (and still am) in rough shape when I used it.

    Basically when you get to that infamous brick wall through which even the most focused of efforts are implemented to no avail, stop trying to play it - ahem - "by the book".

    I'd reached a point in my story where I couldn't think of a realistic means of progressing the plot. I tried backtracking to see if there was somewhere I could take a different route but the past was set in stone, I tried pulling a later development forward but it amounted to a deus ex machina. Nothing was working.

    So instead of trying to use what I had planned to solve the problem, I got a blank piece of paper and wrote down every improbable and stupid solution I could think of.

    This served the dual purpose of providing some very promising prompts for later projects as well as finally giving me the idea I needed: Specifically, the three individually ridiculous ideas which - when used in conjunction - made a surprising amount of sense.

    Now maybe I wasn't trying hard enough earlier or maybe I just lucked out, because this kind of spray-and-pray activity has no business as well as it did.

    But it did work out and with the number of "help, I'm stuck" threads I've seen posted, people may as well give this a shot.
  2. jwatson

    jwatson Active Member

    Jul 16, 2009
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    Ridiculous, neurotic ideas work wonders. They are most exciting. I second this advice. Gives writing some flair and imagination.

    I once struggled in a part of my book: the main character, a writer, was being interviewed on a jazz station for some publicity. Ended up getting into an argument with the host on the air and they had a huge fight with all the viewers listening in.

    All this because I couldn't think of anything to write!
  3. drifter265

    drifter265 Banned

    Jan 29, 2013
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    You know what I came up with that's better? Come up with a beginning and end and anything in the middle that's plausible will be a story.

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