If you find yourself in middle of your manuscript wondering what could possibly happen to get things moving, you might consider an act of god. This doesn’t have to mean a literal god in your story reaching down and changing something, though that is possible. Acts of god, like natural disasters, weather, and other elements outside of the control of mortal beings, can create hurdles and roadblocks in the plans of your characters.
From having a hurricane destroy an essential part of the villain’s plan, to an earthquake forcing the protagonist crew out into the open, acts of god can really help round out act two of a story.
First aired February 18, 2021.