“Put Your Main Character into a Pit and Watch Him Devise Ways to Get Out” by Joan Y. Edwards
If you’re at the bottom of the pit, climb up. Climb using the web from Spiderman.
Fly using the cape from Superman.
Crawl around using the magnifying glass of Sherlock Holmes.
But wait, how did you or your character get to the bottom of the pit anyhow:
Was it pride that you didn’t listen to the wisdom of others in the same position?
Was it error in that you thought your GPS system would lead you to the right spot?
Was it hatred that made you blind to the pit in the first place?
Was it plain stupidity that you didn’t even look where you were going?
It could have been one, all, or none of these that caused you to arrive at the bottom of this pit.
This pit is so dark and deep that they haven’t invented a light to show you the way out.
You’re going to have to climb up and feel your way, inch by inch from the bottom all the way to the top.
You might need a hammer and metal spikes to put in the sides of the pit to climb up.
Perhaps you can think of a way out or use one of the ways mentioned above from a Super Hero or a Super Sleuth.
You are great at getting yourself into messes. You might be hesitant about putting your character into a predicament like this. However, your characters are very clever and resourceful. They will show you the way out of this pit in a short span of time. Try it. Write a paragraph telling us how you would get out of this pit. You can describe it. You can tell us how your character got there. Then let your character dig his way out (so to speak).
Thanks for reading my blog. It’s fun to write for you.
To the first three people who write a paragraph in the comment area about how a character might have gotten into the pit and/or how they could get out of it, before 12:00 midnight on Monday, May 21, 2012, I’ll give a free pitch critique.
Winners: I gave the first three wins to Linda Andersen, Margaret Fieland, and Grace Rellie.
You could be the next winner: One more prize:
Linda Andersen wants to give another writer a chance to win. So I’m extending this to the next person who writes a passage from a draft story right from your head to the paper about how your character might have gotten into a pit and how they could get out of it. One more winner…next one to do write this type passage in the comment area wins. A sure thing.
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