So. Hurricane Irene.
You see, I live in Puerto Rico. And dear ol' Irene was not very kind to my country (for some reason, I am typing this while speaking like Borat. I assure you, Puerto Ricans do not speak like Borat. Just me). Anyway, Irene hit us this past weekend. She stayed with us for about three-ish days. On Sunday, while I was watching this:
...the power went out.
The water said goodbye the next day. On Wednesday, it returned.
The power, on the other hand, came back on Thursday.
But without cable or an Internet connection.
I spent the majority of the week looking like this:
Things Amparo Was Plotting:
1) Irene's slow and painful death
2) Her WIP
When it comes to #2, I sort of had an epiphany... because of #1. You see, when it comes to character development, the toughest things for me to nail are the external triggers that allow said development to unfold. I know how my MC will change throughout the manuscript, but not always what causes that change.
Which leads me to Irene and my Week In Cyber Suckage: if you take something away from your MC, giving it back in half pushes them to seek the missing piece. Also, if your MC gets everything he/she wants in one fell swoop, take something else away that means more than what they gained. This could be material or not. Totally up to you, and your story's needs. I think books are all about The Lack, and exploiting what your MC's lacking makes for awesome storytelling.
So yeah. I guess Irene was good for something.
Now tell me: how did you spend time with Irene? Did she help you with your WIP? Have you used these tips in your writing?