I had a scene in my current chapter 7 that was giving me fits. My first problem was that I had gotten way off track with my first version by focusing on the wrong character. I can live with that.
So I go back and re-read my original chapter from my first draft and decide to begin again. Now I’m feeling more on task and focused. I’m back with Lucian which is where I should have been in the beginning. Everything is going great, we’re all acting, thinking, working together, everyone is in character. So what’s the problem?
My problem was simply this: I needed for Lucian to endure a physic attack delivered by a malevolent spirit. However, it seemed illogical to me that the demon would attack a strong adult male when there was a young, inexperienced child with him. In my mind, Lindsay would be the more likely target.
So I thought about it, ruminated, pondered, and came up blank.
At a complete loss, I spilled my guts to my compatriot in arms last night. My daughter held her finger up, dashed into her room, and returned with a book. She pointed out the kind of demon I needed to use and gave me a perfectly plausible reason as to why it would attack Lucian and not Lindsay. (No, I’m not telling.)
I loved it and it’s going to work.
The experience left me wondering: what do you do when you hit a plot snag you can’t overcome on your own? Do you have someone that you consult for brainstorming? Or do you work better by mulling through the problem on your own?
Me? I’ve got a great kid with a book of demons. Did I raise her right or what?
copyright 2009 Teresa Frohock