Finding the Friction
Let’s face it – as writers we do terrible things to our characters.
It’s not that we really want to. It’s just that there’s really no story without some pretty significant conflict and pain for our characters.
One of the great things about having a community like this one is that we don’t have to think those terrible things up all by ourselves. There are lots of other writers here who are happy to help.
Some time ago, one writer was looking for just the right kind of event that would cause a terminal friction between two of her characters. She’d had a similar event happen in real life, but was leery of making the event in her story too autobiographical. Asking for help on the forums yielded some wonderful, terrible options for her fictional friends.