It can’t be easy or convenient for good storytelling.
I was watching Back To The Future last night, and there are soooo many little places where they put one more obstacle in between character and the goal.
That’s why that movie is so much fun to watch. Nothing, or almost nothing, happens without yet another obstacle – or two or three – getting in the way.
Even at the end, when Doc Brown is going have a lightning bolt run down from the clock tower on a wire and hit the DeLorean at exactly the right moment, we have hurdle after hurdle:
- Marty is late,
- the cord becomes unplugged,
- then Doc Brown goes up to fix the cord – and it’s snagged on a tree and it won’t reach,
- then he falls and has to hang onto the clock hands to make it happen.
That all takes place in ONE scene over about two minutes! That’s more obstacles in one scene than are in most books.
I mean, who thinks of that???
I would think of one or two of those things but not all four – and I may have left a few other hurdles out of my list.
That’s great storytelling.
Nothing should happen easily.
Put your characters up a tree and just pelt the living daylights out of them.
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