What To Do When You’re Stuck

Every so often, I get stuck, not painted into a corner, just stuck for the right words to use to tell the story. Usually, my ‘cattle prod’ is my daughter who asks, “Well, what happens next?”

Today’s question was “How do I get into the action more directly?” I’ve been mulling the plot and storyline over in my mind and coming up blank. So I went to my old stand-by of ‘learning experiences’. I watched the black and white versions of The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Scarlet Pimpernel Returns and several episodes of The Lone Ranger.

Now I’m here, posting about the journey. The Lone Ranger series, for those who have never had the pleasure of watching it, has a narrator that periodically steps in and gives extra information. As a writer, I can do that. Most of us do that at least once in every given story. I just didn’t want to do that this early in the novel.

So I watched old movies to see how they treated the introduction of action. I think I have a better idea of what I’m going to do next, as far as the craft goes, but I’m still not sure of the words I need to use. I’ve got 2,500 words done already. I suspect that some of those words are going to be lost when I edit the book. I did a bit of a background of the characters but now I have to reach for the main problem that needs solving. I need a bridge into the action. As it’s after 1 a.m. local time, I think I’m going to sleep on it and do a bit more on the stories tomorrow.

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