If you write fiction, you know that inevitably you’ll run into a brick wall labeled, “Oh, wow, I don’t know where to go next with this story. I’m doomed, doomed, I tell you!” Of course, much wailing and gnashing of teeth will follow, and your spouse will get heartily sick of your cliched whining. All this earns you is a monumental case of self-pity and no results. So, what do I do when I hit that wall? Since I write mysteries, my favorite trick is to write my detective hero, Lafe Larson, into a situation he can’t possibly get out of! Now, why in the world would I do that? Well, oddly enough, it shifts my imagination into a hard problem-solving mode. Since I’ve written Lafe into that impossible situation, I have to seek ways to get him out of it – or around it – or over it. And, inevitably, I find the solution I need to continue the story until I butt my head against the next brick wall. Frankly, it’s also a challenge I love to meet and really gets those creative juices flowing. So, give this technique a try and let me know how it works for you!