When I’m writing, conflict and tension and raising the stakes are always in the front of my mind. All the best stories contain lots of trouble and all great characters struggle with trouble:
Trouble being understood.
Trouble with love.
Trouble with hate.
Trouble succeeding with Plan A.
Trouble finding a Plan B.
Trouble on the inside.
Trouble on the outside.
Trouble with truth.
Trouble with lies.
Trouble showing compassion to others.
Trouble receiving compassion from others.
Trouble with humanity.
Trouble with sanity.
There are endless amounts of trouble your characters can fall into. And some of the most memorable characters overcome their troubles–or at least give it their best shot!
Probably the only good thing about we writers running into trouble ourselves is how much it can inspire trouble for our characters!
What kind of trouble plagues your characters? What is the nature of trouble in your story? What kind of trouble do you like to read about?
2011: T is for Titanic