Exercise 9: Disaster Strikes
From Kristina Bjoran (#3)
Even more than confrontation, a disaster is a fantastic way to push the plot in a new direction, or at least to introduce a conflict or an obstacle. I decided on a house fire, and it was fun to play around with all of the possibilities that could arise out of that (fun in a terrorize-my-characters way, of course).
What if someone went missing? What if someone needed medical attention, but it wasn’t available? What if someone died? The what-ifs go on and on, and all of them have major plot fallout. I moved forward with the fire and a missing character, and it ended up with some great drama and some great relationship development.
Fish Out of Water (#2)