by Elizabeth
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Question: I am writing a story, about a princess who gets kidnapped and she escapes her captors grasp. After she escapes the jailhouse, she runs into the forest to escape the guards after her. she climbs a tree and waits until the sun peeks over the horizon, then gets down and runs deeper into the forest, away from the jailhouse she was kept in. I do not know where to go from here. Should she A: run into a hunter just setting out on his hunting expedition, him take her to his cottage which is only a day's walk away? B: have her stumble upon a cottage and knock on the door C: Have her pop outta the woods and come across a village?

Please remember these are vague details. each time there will be someone who she will ask for help, where she is, and etc.

Answer: I'm guessing you're a pantser (that is, someone who doesn't outline the entire story before writing)?

This is not a question I can answer for you because the word "should" does not apply. You can make any of these possibilities serve the function of getting your heroine to meet the impact character (which, I assume, is the important event at this point in the story).

So, if there is no advantage in terms of function, you just have to choose which option seems the most interesting to you - the one that you have a greater feeling for - the one that opens up more interesting possibilities for later in the story..

You also have the option of writing all three versions and deciding which one you like best afterward.

Sorry if that's not the answer you were hoping for, but I can't tell you what to write. You're the writer of this tale and there's no point in my telling you which choice to make because you'll be the one who has to make it work in the end.

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