Another said, "and does the character get what he wants, or not?" What happens when the character does get it? What can change if s/he doesn't? He stressed putting "pressure on the character." This is a concept similar to challenging the character, but for some reason I have an easier time visualizing something heavy sitting on the character.
In earlier posts, "Stakes of the Story," and "Challenge the Character," I began looking at ideas on how to create and push a plot forward, and I think they are linked to this idea of pressure. Challenging questions are: why does the character want this so badly and why now?
I started brainstorming about ways to put pressure on the character:
- S/he has a deadline in which something must be done or decided by a certain time.
- S/he must get to a place or face the consequences.
- S/he needs to get out of a difficulty.
- S/he reacts to a new piece of information, which may leading to a change of heart or mind.
- S/he character reacts to another character, who wants something from him/her.