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What could someone do?

David Gane
David Gane
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A story is about a character wanting something, but something else standing in their way. There wouldn't be much of a story if something wasn't in the way.

The central part of the story is the character trying to find a way around the obstacle to get their want.

A similar thing happens in our lives. We want something, but something else stands in our way.

The central part of our lives is finding our way around the obstacle to get our wants. Either we succeed, or something new gets in our way.

When we're stuck, it's often because we can't figure out a way around the obstacle. If this happens, ask yourself what someone could do in this situation.

You may get many bad and useless ideas, but you might find one that works.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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