A to Z 2017 Theme: Rocks to Throw At A Hero Who Is Up A Tree
Of course, we all know that 'up a tree' is closely related to 'up a creek without a paddle' or in 'hot water'. The hero has been written into a predicament, a challenge, onto a thin ledge!
(Big Secret: Really great writers have a little mean streak in them.)
Did her partner just abandon our hero, absconding with the loot from their joint account? Is the author throwing the threat of Bankruptcy at her maybe even destitution? Possibly said-partner mortgaged their Bungalow and Business to the hilt Before suddenly dying after Being hit by a speeding BMW while jogging.(Bummer!)
When she slowly crept out of the apple tree (see 'A') did the Battered Bear come back for revenge and applesauce?
Maybe, having missed the CONSTRUCTION AHEAD warning signs, she was hit in the head with a falling Brick as she wandered down the sidewalk looking for the address of a possible house to rent. Result: amnesia from the Brain injury.
Has our heroine been saddled with Beauty, which, as we all know, attracts gigolos, threatens other women, and seriously affects the way strangers look at her; suspecting shallowness and an apparent intellectual deficit!
Rocks that a writer might throw at the Budding hero are always Barriers to struggle through, or hurdle over. Try as they may, crawling under or swerving around never, ever work for mean old authors, or real life! Thankfully she (the hero, not the writer) is usually accompanied by a good Buddy, a new Buddy or a deceitful old Buddy (that would be "Bad, Bad ex-Buddy" but not necessarily Bad Bad Leroy Brown).
Oh, and then, of course, the writer can throw a 'bad, bad buddy" into the mix who, only appears to be bad but ends up just having a secret (drama) and it can't be shared. Therefore, so-called-ex-buddy-bad-guy, who our heroine has been suspicious of for two-thirds of the book, turns out to be a best buddy, after all.