I get stuck. Like any author, I get stuck hard sometimes, usually at the halfway point of my book, then again at just before the climax. It’s a real problem because even if I’ve got a solid idea of what needs to happen, it’s like I can’t see the road between here and there.
So I was a little stalled out getting the bad guy dealt with in my current work. I mean, I went through a ton of different ideas: having Caroline sneak into his office and confront him. Having The Gang go into a massive battle against a troop of minions. Having a convenient meteor fall on the dude’s head. Really, I went through a ton of terrible ideas that left me flat and uninspired.
So… I ignored it and hoped that inspiration would magically strike me in a bolt from the heavens because ignoring a problem always makes it go away, right? I played some video games with The Boy. I read a ton of stuff from Kindle Unlimited, mostly outside of the UF genre (Although I did read an amusing one about vampires versus mummified zombies. Good times.) I went out to dinner with some friends.
And that’s what saved me. I mentioned that I was stuck on the idea of the Stealth Badass (you know, the hero that seems completely harmless but turns out to be 150% more qualified to handle the problem. Think Danny Ocean or Kenshin.) and the reason was because I was trying to figure out how to beat a bad guy. And my friend Jordan, blessings upon him, started asking questions and just saying stuff with a shrug and a face like he thought he was saying something dumb and obvious.
I had to scramble to get my notebook out and get all the genius down on paper before I forgot it all. I nearly left dinner early so I could get back to my laptop.
So, now I have the bad guy beaten, my heroine saved the day and learned a lesson or two (maybe) and I’m feeling just a little smug about it all. Sure, there’s still lots of editing and revising to do on this, but I feel more confident about it than I have in a while. I really hope you all enjoy it when it’s ready to be released into the wild, because thanks to Jordan, I’m feeling really happy with these people and can’t wait to spend a little more time with them in their world.
And that’s the best possible scenario of all for a writer.