Name a time you got stuck in a story…

Name a time you got stuck in a story while writing it. What was the issue you couldn’t resolve?

What unstuck you?

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

24 thoughts on “Name a time you got stuck in a story…

  1. I’m stuck right now, because I’ve realized I’m utterly confused about my MC’s personality and character arc. I thought if I wrote up a whole ton of backstory and motivation and had a general idea of her arc, that the character would “speak to me” while I wrote. But she keeps saying something else in each chapter! I keep thinking I’ve got it, but every time I try to grab hold, it morphs into something else.

    No answer yet on how I’m getting out of it. The current plan is to finish the first full draft as well as possible and then step back and assess once I have all the mismatched pieces, and hope that some match better than others

        1. Some days it might feel like an edition of “Who Asked Kate?” Ha!

          But this is the beauty of brainstorming – it changes the wind direction so you can get unstuck a bit.

  2. Right now I’m stuck with how to get all my characters from Point A to Point B without it being really boring and repetitive.
    How many ways can I make up for them? How many scenes of this sort does the book need?

    1. How are they traveling? Could be an oppty for a side story – i.e. on a plane they read a magazine/listen to a podcast; in the car they always play a road game/listen to some news thing… or stop at a specific ice cream shop and talk to some additional character that could add some umami to the story ? of course I have zero clue if that makes sense….

  3. Me too!
    Big dramatic fantasy episode.
    Someone is suddenly going to inadvertently show they have a power. Can’t decide whether they save the town from a pirate attack, transport themselves and two other characters out of danger, cause general panic, bring down a hailstorm, or……..errrrr… something else. Trying to avoid Cliché Central or appear as if I’ve hijacked bits out X-Men films.
    (Oh woe!!)

      1. Yeh, could go any way too! I’m currently in a blazing angry mood. Just seen footage from the Euro soccer tournament (in France) of a crowd of drunk British males thrown missiles at three refugee kids
        I’ll have to write this out, and maybe edit it, couldn’t say yet!
        (Pardon my short-fuse temper)

    1. I like something more subtle. Like, her kid is running amok and she drops her phone while distracted and reflexively lifts up a car to retrieve it. Then stands up and someone’s recording her, mouth agape.

  4. My serial killer had so many victims, when it came time for my task force to examine all the evidence, I had to go back and re-introduce myself to all of his crimes, this time making notes of everything, places, times, hair color, clues, dates.

  5. I’ve had plot holes that were tough to resolve. The tough part is resisting using some deus ex machina to fill the hole. You lose credibility when your protagonist develops some ability or some piece of technology miraculously appears to solve the dilemma.

    1. Allegedly. I’ve been accused of using deus ex machina. Can’t say I cared for it much. It’s like being called a cheater. I had cleverly had a friend readers thought was dead swoop in to help save the day. I’m sticking with it, too. It was clever, not cheating. It’s still clever. Screw the deus ex machina police.

      1. There’s a fine line, but I can see where that concept would work. If you believe in it, stay the course. I’m talking about blatant scenarios where your character is cornered and all of a sudden uses expert martial arts skills that they never had before or they pull a gun from a secret hiding place without any buildup or foreshadowing. Those kinds of things can insult your readers.

        1. Yeah. That’s why the accusation of deus ex machina – which I had to look up to even know what it meant – was so insulting. We’ll see. Sometimes authors get squeamish about what readers will like. But when it’s as you described, it’s just poor writing.

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