Plotting Life

I’m in the process of brainstorming my next book, including coming up with a list of bad things that could happen to my characters.  Am I mean? Do I have a sadistic streak? No. I’ve simply learned as a writer that stories work best when you start with flawed characters and move them toward a “happily-ever-after” ending where they’ve overcome their issues and grown up on the inside. But, change isn’t easy and it isn’t our first