You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.
Every character, not just your protagonist, needs goals. Whether those goals are big—destroy the enemy—or small, like walking down a school hallway without getting noticed, your scene will fall flat if your protagonist’s goals don’t conflict with those of another character. With that in mind, take a few moments before you start writing on your next scene to make sure you know what each character wants and why the character wants it. Then compare and contrast each character’s goals to those of the other characters in the scene. If the goals don’t conflict, tweak them until they do.