MAY IS HOSTED BY WRITING TIPS BY WRITERS, DONALD MAASS' TWEETS ON CREATING THE PERFECT NOVEL ;) & SECTIONS INSPIRED BY THESE:
“Write even when the world is chaotic. You don’t need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement.” ~ Cory Doctorow
DONALD MASS WRITE TIP 79
Pick a point when your MC is suffering or stuck. Tape her mouth shut. She has to act it out. What does she do.
I squirm and turn my head. Shieldless, stripped of my gold cloak, I lie under the high sun. My cracked lips are melded and each movement hurts, unbearably. I shiver. Fever? My body shudders again. I still think Cold but I must be burning. I feel heavy. I want to turn: it will do until I can find the strength to crawl away. Too weak, I relax my head into the dust: an offering to the sun. How long would it take to crumble into dust? Too long. First, I roll my eyes and my head follows. If I focus on my arm, I can find the will to turn.
When could it be an advantage for your MC to not be able to speak?