What do you do when you’re stuck? You make a plan – or, in my case, a mind map in order to figure out what is supposed to go where and how to heighten the conflict in this story. I love mind maps because they enable you to see the whole story on one page, which makes it easier to spot common themes and motifs (or to strengthen those).
I used a mind map to plot DEVIL’S RETURN, and I only needed to make some minimal changes to the story. I didn’t use a mind map to plot THE BRIDE PRIZE, and look where it has got me! When will I ever learn? *sigh*