Here you are, typing away, the words flowing out of you because you are a writer and you’re devoted to your craft and you are going to be the next Pulitzer Prize winner and this might be the novel to do it when—
You hit a writer’s block.
These things happen. Normally, you might move on to another project or wait a few days or take in a movie or read a book–whatever you need to get inspired again. But it’s NaNoWriMo. You made a promise to yourself. You’ve got a word count to fulfill.
Enter: ME! (You can picture me wearing a cape and cool boots, standing in a gentle breeze with my hands on my hips–I mean, if you want to.) I’m here to help you move forward.
Here’s what you’re going to do: You’re going to get your protagonist in trouble. I don’t care where you are in the story arc or if it makes sense with what you’ve been writing. If you need to open a new Word.doc, fine, but this will count toward your ultimate word count because it is part of your book, whether you end up keeping it or not.
Maybe your character does something illegal. Maybe she can’t pay a bill. Maybe he’s stuck by the side of the road with a flat tire. A girlfriend is angry about something, and your character is probably guilty. A parent calls to say they found out about something in your character’s past, like that time she threw a mega party or that he was in a naughty movie in his twenties.
This is your deus ex machina. Maybe not your character’s, because he or she will be getting into sticky situation, but you, the writer, will now have somewhere to go. And even if you don’t keep this stretch of prose in the long run, it will help you develop your character and it will KEEP YOU WRITING.
I’ll post mine in the comments, and as usual, encourage you to share in the comments, too!