Conflict with Environment
Like last month, now that you've done all the background
work, the "easy" part lies ahead. All you need to do is lead your
character toward the goal you specified earlier.
Last month you portrayed a character who blocked the main
character from his or her goal. This week you will take a different
This time select something from the environment which will
block your main character's progress to goal. Use an earthquake or some
other event which will radically alter your main character's
Again, this is an exercise, so you may be writing chapters
you will later throw away. But it's important to learn how to show
environment as a possible hindrance to your main character's
Let's review now. You created a character and
setting, and then aimed the character at a goal. Now it is your duty to
introduce an environmental conflict to interfere with the character's
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