does the character decide to move forward? Marriage proposal, buy a house, get a better paying job?); Autumn: the character gets a promoted fairly regularly, if married the spouse adores thecharacter, people at work like the character(how does the character screw it up? What does thecharacter see as their greatest need?); Winter: A safe retirement, the character planned ahead and nowthings are where they thought they would be(is the character bored? Does the character wish to do something crazy?).
things change for the worse. Finances go bad, relationships sour. The character must respond tosomething personal outside of their control.
Examples: Spring, the character moves right before someimportant event(how does the character respond?); Summer: the relationships in the character's life sour unexpectedly(who pulled away from the character? Why are they spreading rumors? What will the character do about it?); Autumn, the character is suddenly laid off(how will the character makeends meet?); Winter, the character's health turns for the worst(how prepared is the character? Doesthe character cling to life no matter what or accept what comes?).
some external force helps out. The character's friends or family are their for the character whether they are wanted or not.
Examples: Spring, Parents seek to give the character the best experience ever, signing the character up for loads of extra-curricular activities(how does the character react?Outrage, acceptance, enjoyment, resentment?); Summer, the clingy significant other(response?); Autumn, the boss takes an interest in the character's life(how does this make the character feel, howdoes the character react?)
Betrayal and theft. People the Character trusted do wrong by the character.
Examples: Spring, suddenly one of the character's friends is in a different clique(how does this change the relationship? How does the character react?); Summer: The character may not have had much, but what was thereis now gone, pawned by a “friend”(why did they pawn it? Will the character forgive? Will they presscharges?); Autumn, spouse is cheating on the character(what caused the spouse to go astray? Was it mutual? What happens next?); Winter, the grand kids are fighting over the will and the character is not even dead yet(respond)
the character feels trapped by the humdrum life. How does the character attempt to break free of the rat race?
Examples: Spring, every day is the same, wake up , school, work on home work, goof off for an hour, bed.(how does the character break free? What happens to the character next?); Summer,College and a loser late night job, barely awake, seeing the world pass by(does the character have the fortitude to stick it out, or do they drop out and do something less conformist?); Autumn, working at the same dead end job for years, six bosses, TPS reports! Something must be done(what is the dreamthe character seeks? What is the tipping point at work?); Winter; every day the same routine, nothing changes. Then one day it stops, death(how does the character stave off depression? What makes them feel alive?)
Illness, either the character gets sick or someone close does.
Examples: Spring, The character has a rare condition that is chronic and separates them from the other kids(how does that make thecharacter stronger or weaker? How does the character compensate?); Summer, A parent gets cancer(isthe other parent still involved? Do they care? Can they make enough money to get by? How does thecharacter help? Do they help?); Autumn, the character needs to take care of elderly parents(do they goin a home? Can the character do it themselves? Are there siblings to help out or interfere?); Winter, thecharacter is in chronic pain all the time from the various maladies that afflict them(how do theyrespond?)
Multiple problems hit at once. Look over the list and pick three problems, all of those happen atonce. How does the character react?
Examples: look over previous for now.
A child shows up. How does the character React?
Examples: Spring, baby sibling(was thecharacter firstborn? How do they react to the loss of attention? Was the baby planned? Does thehousehold expenses affect the character?); Summer, the character or the character's significant other gets unexpectedly pregnant(does the character have the means to take care of a child? What happens