I am really struggling with issue 9.Part of that struggle has manifested as procrastination. And that procrastination is born of fear. That fear comes from the sense that this issue is just wrong-footed. Something about it has seemed... off.
So I started casting about for different guideposts. I opened a book I have by Syd Field to a random page and just started reading his advice. When I found something that sounded right, I tracked it down.
That left me with a method by which I was able to dig into my character's past and establish an incident which acts as a psychological motivation for everything that has happened in the first eight issues.
From this new perspective, the first two story arcs act perfectly as acts I and II. This leaves my current issue as the turning point between acts II and III.
The Dark Cave of Despair from which the hero seizes the sword and claims his destiny.
It is a bit exciting how well this metaphor is working. Because, as my hero finds himself despondent with his failures and unsure how to proceed, I find myself written into a corner from which I do not know how to proceed.
There is something there in that cave which will be his salvation. It is laying there, and has been laying there all along. He can't see it yet, and neither can I. But, in just a moment, it will suddenly be illuminated.
With three days to my deadline, I don't see how I can realistically make it.
On the other hand..... that is exactly how Caves of Despair work. Just when it seems you are furthest from hope, something happens.
So... how 'bout it? Any Deuses out there wanna spring Ex a Machina for me?