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Getting into trouble

What kind of trouble can my protagonist get into? What can complicate her story? These are just ideas, not sure which ones I’ll use.

Bad choices:

  • Dating a bad boy.
  • Telling off her disrespectful history teacher.
  • Skipping school.
  • Getting drunk at a party.
  • Staying out all night and not calling home.
  • Has sex, gets pregnant.
  • Has sex, then her asshole boyfriend breaks up with her.
  • Takes her mother’s car without permission.

Physical pain/illness:

  • Nasty sunburn.
  • Morning sickness.
  • STI scare.
  • Whiplash from a car accident.

Acts of god:

  • Power outage spoils all the food in the fridge.
  • A tree falls on the family’s only vehicle.
  • Her mother gets breast cancer.


  • Left the girls’ room with skirt tucked into underpants.
  • Pulled on her jacket to free it from the big guy sitting on it. He got up and she gives herself a black eye because she was pulling so hard.
  • Minor fender bender with mom’s car.
  • Sits down on a tack, held on her seat by another student at a school-wide assembly.

The ugly truth:

  • 17 and pregnant, she must make some important life choices.
  • She learns that she does need her mother.
  • When she reunites with estranged biological father, she learns she has three younger siblings, half brothers and sisters.

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