I had Avram swear that no one in his kingdom would kill Wol. Yet Wol had to die brutally by someone's hand for the story to complete. Then I realised that one person did not swear allegiance to Avram. Someone small and unnoticed...
I got my hero out of an impossible situation the old fashioned way: I had the villain secretly spring him Because it served his purposes. The escape opened a brief hole between Purgatory and Earth which the demonic villain needed so that he could transport a weapon between worlds.
I've been writing suspense, so all of my stories include at least one "tight spot." Hard to decide which is the tightest...maybe I ought to take a poll. In the latest (published) one, the hero ended up trapped underneath a smouldering building. That was pretty tight. Hot, too.
I went the Tom Sawyer route with a good double-cross, followed by a double-down. I didn't know what I was going to do, but desperation pushed me to innovate (and by 'innovate,' I mean 'go to school on the masterworks').