Because as it turns out, we're out of macaroni...
I have a confession: I'm stuck on my story. I've made it 3/4 of the way through a crappy first draft, and it's time to write an ending to the damn thing. Really, really time. I'm itching to go back to the beginning with some idea of where I'm headed and begin re-writing. Maybe then my story won't read like a bungled version of Days of our Lives meet the Addams Family. (Oh wait--that gives me an idea...)
Anyway--back to the present. I'm good and stuck. I don't really know why, though I know that this is the point where many authors have doubts and fears and want to turn around. Most of their advice reads something like this: keep going. I'm not an idiot--I know I have to keep going. That much is glaringly obvious.
But how? What if I stare at the story, and the feeling of being stuck has overwhelmed the point of me having a clue of what I'm doing? I need a plan.
I welcome suggestions, but until then, here are a few things I haven't tried yet:
1. Writing a hundred words a day. This, my common sense tells me, is a reasonable option. Either I'll get into it and keep going, or I'll eventually, after a few months, have something done.
2. Attempt to channel a spirit who will tell me what to write. This has the added bonus of me not having to take responsibility for any of the words I write down. Also, it could open up the new-age market.
3. Writing out an ending on a piece of toilet paper. I have a theory that I do some of my best writing on toilet paper and restaurant napkins.
4. Glueing macaroni to cardboard in order to spell out words. At least that would make me seriously consider what words I used before I wrote--the time, glue, and thought of starving children in Africa would raise the stakes.
5. Dictating words into a tape recorder as I try to tell the story to my roommate's cat. Maybe if I had someone to listen to my story, it would help. Also, that cat is a tough critic.
Whew. That got a few ideas out of my head. Off to find a tape recorder...