Out here on the East Coast we got hammered with a bit of a blizzard on the day after Christmas. I figure there's got to be some way to tie that in to writing.
How about unexpected plot twists.
See, this storm was unexpected (at least by me, but perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention). On Friday the forecast that I heard was that "there might be some snow, Sunday." Christmas day my brother mentioned we might get as much as 18 inches. (That raised my eyebrows a bit!)
When all was said and done we had close to three feet of snow by Monday morning.
That was not how the week was supposed to go.
But it is how the week is going.
And what about in a story? We plan and plot and organize and then we find the story going off in some other, unexpected direction. Do we try to rein it in and stick to our original plan? Or do we let the blizzard blow and see what we end up with when the skies clear.
I say take the unexpected twists and work with it. Maybe your story really knows what it needs. Let it tell you.
And if it doesn't work, you can always shovel away all the extra stuff and start again.
Happy New Year, everyone!