I was done writing this post when the so called security of the automated cloud saving decided to make it rain. Well, my post dripped back out of the cloud and all those brilliant words were gone. My superior stream of consciousness on digital paper was nowhere to be found. A growl escaped me and I let out a sigh.
There are sometimes when you can’t get those words back and you just have to accept it. It’s painful but it’s bound to happen at some point. I guess that’s what happens when I try to sync too many things at one time.
This little glitch was just a reminder of the next point. I had a goal in mind, a final destination, a conclusion, but something got in the way. Life always happens and the unexpected should always end up in your story to keep the reader’s attention.
You wrote your conclusion yesterday so that you had a point to reach. Now, you need to ask how you’re going to make it happen? What unexpected moments are going to cause detours, road blocks, or moments that will turn your main character into a hero or monster? This is all part of the universal rule that once you have a goal in mind, all kinds of problems are going to pop-up to prevent you from reaching it.
The unexpected is what makes your character interesting. Readers turn pages because they want to know what road block is going to happen next. Your exercise for today is to create those moments for your character. Remember these are the big moments that change the course of a story. They are strong enough to change the mind and heart of someone you know.
Write down 2 -3 big moments in your story. Don’t worry about the number just the times that alter the course of your character’s life that lead up to the conclusion you wrote yesterday.
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