Stranded Characters

Question: I've managed to get my characters to a certain point but I can't seem to move any further along. I know what their goals are and where they need to go next, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to get them there. I've found myself just sitting and staring at my work with no idea how to get it going again. Any advice?


Answer: Some stories are driven by action, some by decisions. What this means, generally, is that each act in an action-driven story will begin with some action. Someone or something does something, and that action forces a character or characters to make a decision. In a decision-driven story, each act will begin with someone making a decision, and that decision forces a character or characters to take action.

If your characters have gone as far as they can in their current explorations, consider having someone or something take action or make a decision that will drive the next chain of events, the next stage in the progress towards the climax.

If you're not sure what your driver is (action or decision), ask yourself which one got your plot going in the first place.

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Aug 12, 2012
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you! I'll try it out!

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