Friday, August 31, 2007

Writer's Block

My writing pimp called me this afternoon and kicked back a reading passage that I submitted last night. Basically, he told me to start over. The only problem is that I can't figure out how to resolve the plot. A little help, people? I'll name a character after you.

Here's what I have to include: It's a story about some kids on a class field trip who get lost in the woods. I have to figure out a "clever" way for them to find their way back. I can't use a compass, the position of the sun, or any reference to north/south/east/west. (Apparently the kids taking this comprehension test are geographically challenged.) So how can the lost kids get unlost? I'm taking any and all suggestions.

7 comments:

Megan said...

Well, if the kids are anything like most of the ones I see in public, then you have to know that somebody left a trail of crumpled candy wrappers behind... *grin*

Craig said...

The kids smell burgers grilling...or something.

Chelsea said...

Thanks, Craig. I used the smell trick on the first draft, unfortunately, so now I'm back to square one. Darn those picky editors.

Bananas said...

that's a tough one. all i can think of is a trail of bread crumbs ala hansel and gretel. Lame, I know. Maybe they follow a river?

Stephanie said...

So aren't you going to fill us in on the plot resolution????

psoup said...

they climb to the top of the tree canopy, and look around. They can either see the sun's position, or the place to which they're heading?

Chelsea said...

For those who asked, I had the kids come across a squirrel who was eating a lunch that they'd dropped earlier. They were able to track their way back based on the trash. Kind of Hansel and Gretelish, but there was this whole Cherokee Indian affinity with animals, too. As my boss said, it's done.