(2017 NaNoWriMo) Captain’s Log, Day 20

When the kids don’t need to be in school, beginning my day at 5:07 a.m. is glorious.  Yesterday, I had a bit of uninterrupted time to get work accomplished for school and a few more words written for NaNoWriMo. But the pressure’s off, so I fooled around with another writing generator to see if something might help move the story in a more positive direction.

I looked up the “Character Challenge and Obstacle Generator,” just to see what I might be able to use.

First up:

Nobody wants to help because of your character’s previous overcompetitive behavior.

A key person doesn’t want to help because of your character’s previous demanding behavior.

Your character is afraid of the unknown.

The third option seemed to be a possibility. I spun the wheel again and then:

Your character is afraid of what’s out there.

Your character doesn’t have permission.

Your character is afraid of getting hurt.

That first option was pretty much like the last option of the first turn. I clicked through the options several more times before I found something simple that might work (because they’re more concrete):

Your character is quickly running out of time.

Your character is afraid of of causing a disaster.

Your character doesn’t have a way in.

Today’s challenge? Try to fit these little “blockades” into the story.

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.