• Jared Viljoen

Day 23 - Brainstorming problems

Well, we have some basic points for the story established:

  • We've identified the basic plot idea / premise

  • We've identified some themes / controlling ideas that we think are pretty central to this story.

  • We've got the main players, at least loosely outlined

Now it's time to start figuring out some problems. I like to just spend some time brainstorming all the things that could potentially go wrong for my protagonist. I'm not trying to be too strict here, but just whatever comes to mind and have a bit of fun. Of course, it should probably stay within the universe of your story (e.g., I'm not going to have aliens show-up in my domestic, non-scifi thriller). But, other than that just have some fun. Put down anything and anything that could really be a problem for your hero and what could stop them from getting their goal.

In the picture above, you can see some of the problems that we came up with yesterday.

My next step will be to take these and put them into some kind of heroic journey.


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