Tips from Picture Books: Character Obstacles

Some authors like to make in-depth character description sheets. Here’s how you can use them! If you need more obstacles and conflict in your story, present your characters with their disliked items. Have their hobbies and interests fail them.

We often think that adding obstacles to our stories means outside influences. Don’t forget to look inward. Inner emotional conflict is far more intriguing than stumbling blocks from enemies, the weather, or anti-heroes.

If you are participating in Nanowrimo and need some more words, try throwing a curveball into your character’s psyche.

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