I have to tell you that I’m more than a little intrigued by Paul the Octopus.
This is the octopus who lives in the Sea Life Centre in
The staff at the Sea Life Centre would put the flags of the two countries playing in two boxes and stick a mussel in each box. He would make his selection on the future victor by eating one of the mussels.
I need Paul.
I would get him a big tank in my living room and I’d put two options for how my current scene or chapter could go (e.g., option #1 - The hero and heroine kiss or option #2 – the hero and heroine fight) into two boxes and put pepperoni slices in each box (I don’t buy mussels) and he could tell me, by eating from one of the boxes, which way my story should turn next.
In the absence of an octopus of your own, how do you decide?
When you come to a crossroads in your story or your chapter or your scene, what tools or techniques to you use to show yourself the way?