This week’s prompts are inspired by ‘plot patterns’ from James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure.
Today your hero is restless. S/he can’t simply live the way everyone else does. Your hero needs to go on a quest.
Whether this quest (and what they seek) is literal or figurative, make sure the goal is something absolutely critical to their survival, and the obstacles huge.
(In a short story you may only be able to give them one obstacle as the set-piece but you can use the action & dialogue to
- Imply a whole lot about who they are,
- Explain why they are here and
- Show the scale of the quest before and after this point,
If you pay attention to doing this, you’ll end up with a complete story, not just a trailer for a novel
Send Your Character On A Quest