If you’re having trouble deciding where your plot should go next, you probably do not know your characters well enough. Plot problems are often character problems.
To overcome this challenge, do the following:
- Take time to get to know your characters on a very deep level. Especially observe their motivations. Motivations drive your characters and reveal who they really are.
- Step back from your characters and let them be who they are. Too often, we try to impose ourselves upon our characters. But our characters have a life of their own. Respect that.
- Keep asking yourself, “What would my character do in this particular situation because of who she is?” Questions such as these help propel your plot forward.
Once you know your characters well, your plot will flow.