The problem with conventions: the older you get, the longer it takes to get over them. Last night’s thirty minute nap after work turned into four hours. To put it mildly, that “power nap” severely cut into my writing time.
Still got some time in, however, and the exciting part: I figured out how my dear Michael opens a magic door without magic! Gotta admit that was pretty sweet because I had no idea how he was going to open the door.
Every so often, I write my characters into a difficult situation, and instead of going back and rewriting, I decide to make keep writing to see if I can make it work.
A few things that helped me this time:
- Know your hero’s strengths. Michael Lodestone can’t use magic. However, he was once one of the most powerful wizards ever, so he has extensive knowledge of what magic looks like and how it works.
- Know your villain’s strengths. As the author, I need to know my lead witch’s strengths, how she will react, and what spells and such she would use, the spells she will default to, etc. While I don’t know all of those things right now, I still have to learn as I go using her base personality as a good reference.
- Know your hero’s relationship to your villain. In this case, Michael knows this witch–intimately. They were part of the original group of nine who became imortal. It was Michael who let Snow White flee to the forest and returned to this woman with a pig’s heart instead of Snow White’s. He knows this woman. He has seen her work. This gives him an edge. Especially since he can’t use magic and has therefore developed a means of fighting without it.
How about you? Any tips on getting out of a hole?