Let's put your character in a sticky situation.

Every good story is just a test of conflict. What your character will do in a particular situation IS their character. What they do is what they're made of. This means your character is going to have to suffer. A lot. "But I love my character!" You say, "How can I possibly come up with ways to make them suffer?" That's what this page is for. Within the box is one wonderful terrible thing you can do to screw up your character's day, thereby raising the stakes and making everything get a little more interesting.

Insomnia and nightmares. What are the fears that wake your character up in the middle of the night? Even if you have a great plot, you can elevate it by showing how all the stuff you are doing to your character is messing them up. J.K. Rowling does this well, for example. Lots of the Harry Potter series is devoted to Harry's feelings about the crappy position he's been put in.

Some ways this might be useful:
After all, writing stories is just a long series of "what ifs?.."

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