How to Bake a Plot:
Take one Character with a Goal.
Add a generous number of Obstacles and Stir.
It sounds pretty basic, but its a lesson that we, as writers, need to learn time and time again.
Sometimes the problem is that we like our characters too much. We don’t want them to suffer.
Other times, the goal simply isn’t important enough. If they fail, so what?
What types of obstacles do you put in your character’s path? It could be one or more antagonists or a flaw within your character. Sometimes nature or time itself becomes the obstacle.
To find out more about the importance of rising tension, check out my post on the Muffin.