Mary Higgins Clark might say: mindgames are just as terrifying as physical violence. Is there a violent moment in your book? What if you twisted that into psychological violence? Try that. See what happens.
What is your character’s greatest accomplishment and why does it matter?
Have a character take a walk in someone else’s shoes—whether they like it or not.
Talk is cheap. Write a scene in which two characters communicate without dialogue.
Writing Prompt: Your story begins at the end of your protagonist’s comfort zone.
Your character has a dog. One morning, the dog talks. Why would that be? What would your character think? What would your character do?
Write a New Year’s Resolution for your protagonist.
Writing prompt: Write a scene, essay, or poem that evokes your favorite things about winter.
Your character is surprised by an unexpected gift. What’s the gift? Who gave it to them? Does this...