Ugh, I’ve been having serious issues figuring out what The Plan is to capture the vampire (there has to be a plan, right?). I’ve known that whatever the plan is, I can foil it (cuz things never go according to plan, right?) and get to an interesting ending (to me, anyway). But I couldn’t come up with any kind of plan that made sense. Or at least one that wasn’t just completely dumb, in context. I don’t believe in having dumb characters, so I refuse to have a dumb plan. (Furthermore, I couldn’t break the dumb plans, they broke themselves, and generally in really useless ways. Like, the vampire runs away and never comes back again. Yawn.)
This problem has been sitting in the back of my mind for most of a month now, and I’d pull it out every so often and kick it around. I tried to get Ben to brainstorm with me, but he thought my constraints were too limiting, or didn’t make sense. (They make sense in the big picture, I swear.) Last night I tried getting my writing group to help, but mostly they just said “watch halloween 2!”, which didn’t help me at all.
Today, I came up with a plan. I’m not sure if it’s good, but it’s not dumb.
I think it was low blood sugar that finally jarred my brain into functioning. I haven’t eaten much today, a piece of coffee cake, a bunch of chips and salsa, and a little bit of chocolate. And caffeine, of course. (Yeah, it’s nearly 6pm. I know, I know. You can kick me later.) The last big breakthrough I had was in the middle of the night when I’d had too much caffeine and couldn’t sleep. If my brain isn’t careful, it might just teach me that it functions better when I’m mean to it.
Sometime soon (when I’m not at work) I’m going to implement the plan on the page. And sometime soon thereafter, I’m going to have a finished first draft. Yay!!!
(You didn’t think I was going to tell you what the plan is, did you? 😉 )