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.



*SPOILER* I love how in the Golden Compass series, one of the characters actually loses a finger. It is a small thing, yet the kind of change that most writers won't commit to in their protagonist. Lose a limb. It builds character.






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

Link to home (futureisfiction.com).