Friday is writing exercise day. Here’s a good one for conflict, characterization, and character dynamics. Inspired by my own lousy week:
Make three really crappy things happen to your character in the same week he or she has made a major life decision for the better. See how he/she reacts. More determined than ever for positive change, or ready to give up? Murderous rage by the third incident, or laughing at it by that time? Who’s around to help out, and who bolsters your character’s confidence when things look bad?