Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A-Z Challenge D is for DeadEnd

This post combines the Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and the A-Z Blog Challenge.

Have you ever written yourself into a Dead End? This probably mostly happens to pantsers like me who wing it all the way (like the A-Z Challenge). 
Some people will call it Writers Block perhaps. But, to me, it's not a lack of ideas, more the fact that they don't work.
It happened to me with "Perfect Score". Sam was a girl originally. I kid you not. But circumstances made me realize that to be the character he is, he had to change sex (no pain involved, I promise).
Tess in "Hewhay Hall" was a bit of shrew at first (Hewhay Hall will be launched soon). But she needed to be likeable, so her personality had to change.
I'm having the same problem with my WIP. I need a reason for one of my main characters to make a journey, and my good friend and mentor Elin Gregory suggested I make the two m/cs brother and sister.
Hey! Why not? It means a good re-write, but it'll work and it's got me backing out of the dead-end.

So...change the sex, change the personality, change the relationship. Three ways out of a hole. Do you have any other suggestions?