Write a story about a character who finally accomplishes a tremendous goal… only to discover they have a glaring setback requiring them to do a little more work and the clock is ticking. Maybe they’re a runner who miscalculated how many laps they’ve finished in a race. Perhaps they’re in a weight-loss competition and discover their home scale doesn’t match the official scale. Or possibly they finished every last piece of paperwork for their presentation only to find one last important document left unfinished. Use the contrast in your character’s emotional state – from being satisfied and safe to worried and frantic – as the driving force behind this story.
Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time.