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Joe DeRouen, Author of the Small Things trilogy: Plot Points or How to Resurrect the Dead

Monday, August 24, 2009

Plot Points or How to Resurrect the Dead

Okay, so I'm still working on my third novel. 90,000 words and counting. But there's a problem. Without giving too much of the plot away, there are these two bad... guys, we'll call them. They've stolen a body from the morgue, a body they need to resurrect, but for plot purposes I need them to wait a night before attempting to perform the ritual needed to resurrect it.

I need a reason - a logical (within the framework of the supernatural, of course) reason that they have to delay 24 hours. I've come up with a couple of reasons - the ritual needs to happen at midnight and it's 12:30 by the time they escape with the body, it has to happen under a full moon and tomorrow just so happens to be a full moon - but none of them feel right.

Any ideas?


At 7:31 AM, Blogger Amelia said...

Um, just one or two off the top of my head (without knowing anything about the ritual, etc.)

-perhaps there's something they need for the spell that they just haven't been able to get yet, for whatever reason.

-They can't get to a suitable location until the following night.

-It takes several hours to prepare for the ritual.

These may or may not be helpful.

At 11:42 PM, Blogger BDiamond said...

How about they're just afraid of being caught? To amplify what Amelia suggested, maybe they can't find a private place?

At 1:06 AM, Blogger Craig said...

The soul visits the body every 6 days, so they need to wait until the soul is visiting the body before the spell will work.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Electric Pencils said...

Not knowing the tone of the novel, I'll base this on something I would write...

-They misplace, or lose, the body.

-They have to travel a distance to a specific place, but they're being followed, so it takes longer to get there.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Joe said...

All good ideas, thanks!!


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