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02 Mar


    We talk a lot about how problems and conflict make a story more exciting.  For this week’s assignment, I want you to trap your protagonist in a confining space.  Depending on your taste or your story, it could be a refrigerator, a closet, a trunk, a jail cell, a car trunk, an elevator, a port-a-potty, and so on.  OR, you can interpret this assignment figuratively and trap your character in a social situation, like a terrible dinner conversation or a bad date. Don’t waste a lot of time getting into the tight spot, in fact, it’s better if you begin in the tight spot.  Focus on both the physical experience and also the mental experience — let the reader see and feel and hear your protagonist struggle to GET OUT. For inspiration, check out the opening scene from Risk by Dick Francis, a great British mystery writer. Risk by Dick Francis

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