Yesterday, I wrote my characters into a corner… This happens to me quite often, and I am pretty sure that it happens to a lot of people. I actually wrote a blog post about it back in September called “Don’t Be Afraid to Write Your Characters Into Corners. That’s When Awesome Happens.” (Rather than retype all the suggestions for getting your characters out of holes, I posted the link.)
I’m definitely dealing with a problem regarding Michael’s inability to use magic while going up against those who can use magic. The concept presents a lot of “corners” he can get stuck in during the story.
Despite the difficulties, I’m not changing the concept of him not being able to use magic. It creates tension and tension turns pages. The reader needs to worry about what will happen next. The harder I make the story on my protagonist, the better the story will be.
Anyway, it looks like I’m going to have to really focus on Michael’s weapons collection a bit more. I’m currently dealing with giving him the logical, appropriate amount of weapons 1) that don’t weigh him down too much and 2) that don’t bulge through his coat. It’s a harder task than it seems.
How about you? Have you ever accidentally found your character stuck? How did you get him/her/it out of the situation?