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You’ve finally convinced an adult in your life that you’re responsible enough to do something that’s important to you. While you’re doing whatever it is, something goes horribly wrong. Who is the adult you need to convince? Why did it take so long to convince him or her? What is it that you wanted to do? (a job? an activity? go somewhere?) What goes wrong? How are you going to make it right?
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Someone committed a crime in your neighborhood. You were spotted near the scene and there’s evidence that makes you look guilty. What was the crime? (was something stolen? trashed?) Who spotted you at the scene? Were you really there or is that person lying? What other evidence is there? Who really committed the crime and why? How will you figure out what really happened?
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You’ve been chosen for a quest or particular challenge. Who chose you? Why? What makes the challenge or quest hard? What will you have to do or overcome to succeed? What will happen if you fail?
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A stranger gives a gift to your main character (MC). The stranger says the gift will make your MC’s life wonderful if used in the right way. But, the stranger warns, if your MC mishandles the gift, horrendous things will happen. Who is the stranger? What is the gift? Why did the stranger give it to your MC? What is the right way to use it? Why will your MC be tempted to use it the wrong way? What will happen if he or she does?