Just wondering, is only my office where “Big Picture Thinker” = “Operationally Useless”?
I love the work I’m doing now, just not the organizational problems that accompany it so I started to feel sorry for myself.
Then I read the news.
Wow, and I thought we had problems.
Some of the best writing advice I ever received was to throw everything (bad) at your character that you can imagine then make it worse. I still struggle with introducing enough conflict in my writing but the advice helped. The advice has also helped me to see my problems in context. Things can always be worse.
For this exercise imagine your worst day in the last few months then think how you could make it worse. Did you get a flat tire? Make that a flat in the worst neighborhood in town. Once you’ve made it worse, repeat the process three more times making the situation incrementally worse. This is the starting point for your story. Spend a twenty minutes exploring how that moment could have been so much worse.