E! True Brian Story: Though the meatball marinara
sub sandwich at Subway isn’t the greatest in the world, I still REALLY wanted one the other day.
My wife set me up with a text, describing it as “hot,” and “fresh.” I so wanted that.
Instead, my mother, who is in town, made me a homemade version. It was good, but it wasn’t what I wanted — so I was a little frustrated.
This is a struggle you should give to your fictional characters — the want something but don’t get it. True, a sandwich isn’t an appropriate plot device unless it’s an episode of Friends. But your characters need to want something.
Whatever that something is, even if they say that’s what they want, don’t give it to them. Frustrate him or her, string them along. And when he or she is about to burst, only give them a bite.
Hope this helps!