just about every time I get stuck while writing a novel, there’s a pattern.
1. Let the Character Act
2. Take some Information Away
3. Let the Character be Irrational
there’s something really relatable about a character who is trying to do the right thing, but doesn’t have enough information to get it right. or the character who gets frustrated and acts on that frustration.
So my fix is to go back and examine the situation through my character’s…negative, fearful, people-pleasing, overly curious, impulsive, petty qualities.
I ask: How can my character screw this up without meaning to?
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