It was going great! Until I got stuck. I knew where I was and I knew where I needed to end up, but I couldn't connect the dots. I just had one big hole in my plot and I couldn't figure it out sitting at my keyboard. So, I got off my laptop and brainstormed. I found a surprisingly helpful way to fill those holes.
Locate the problem: For me, I knew point "A" and I knew point "B," but how to get from one the next was slipping my mind. I started with what I knew.
Athena and Silas needed to escape from Akmal, drawing just enough attention to let the city know that they are on the run.
Puzzle Pieces: There were all these little things that I wanted to put in, or little events that I knew had to happen. I wrote those down.
- Kastra is the main official after them.
- Ico and Myla will be at Camp 9.
- They are headed to Soloria.
- The readers should know about supplies.
I came up with motorcycles for transportation out of the city. (grab supplies right before leaving) A news report on TV screens around the city. (reveal Kastra and Camp 9) A computer inside the motorcycle. Maybe I could name it Radon.
You see how it goes? A massive amounts of random ideas slowly generates into the few puzzle pieces you need.
Have you done a similar process to fill holes? Does it work? What are some things that you find help the best?