Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Writing Exercise

Trolls: they live under bridges, on the internet, or in attics with neon hair and sparkly belly buttons. Sometimes they're nasty in-laws, and sometimes they're actually helpful--for the right price.

Metaphorically, any creature that stands in the way of your characters and their goals could be a "troll," an obstacle to be overcome. But in most stories, the troll is not the main villain (unless your characters are billy goats). It's one of the many obstacles that thwart the characters while the action ramps up, something that adds tension to a scene and to the plot as a whole.

What kind of troll would your characters be most likely to encounter? How does this "troll" get between them and their goals? And how do they get past?

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