Go from one to the other, then back, then flip sides again. Pancake metaphor for story development.
When cooking pancakes, one must flip it on both sides at least once. A plot line can be simplified into 2 sides, the evil guy’s and the good guy’s. Give both equal development and the audience will tear their hair out.
Good Vs. Evil can be changed to a conflict of ideals, misinformation, social groups, family. Do not play the ‘mental illness’ card, write what you know. Search it up if you’re confused. Now with a conflict, sketch out more details.
An adolescent who has grown up very independently, with their broad worldview, has to survive a family dinner (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Lunar New Year, etc.) with the family discussing their very traditional values. Child good, family extremely old world. Or is it?
The princess is missing again- kidnapped, for certain. Little do the kings know as they scramble for ransom that the princess is a con, hailing from a fake nomadic tribe that is always at war with another fake nomadic tribe that requests unthinkable amounts of money and hands the girl back a bit late of schedule. (Because she’s posing as the kidnapper and the queen.) This time, however, she may have met her match. A dazzling prince from a faraway land of swords and sorcery needs equally unthinkable amounts of gold to perform his miracles, but holds a reputation of returning his charge early.
Two salespeople with their neighbouring car dealerships try to one-up each other and sell just one more truck in a fading rural farm town.
Mine ended up more comedy than tragedy but anything goes. Now list some goals that are exactly the same for both parties.
My parent/child is finally visiting, I cannot say they’re wrong or risk our love.
If I compromise, I may not be able to keep my home tomorrow.
I don’t trust you, any agreement is impossible.
Flip the perspective every so often, and comment your creation!