How many here have struggled to “return to their story”? You sit at your table, pen in hand or fingers on the keyboard, but you’re not “ready” to write yet. You don’t “feel” the characters, or their world.
Everyone struggles with feelings of powerlessness, feeling as if the responsibilities, tasks, burdens, and restrictions that we shoulder are too much.
He walked in with all the confidence of a dandy, pausing every now and then to savor the applause that only he could hear.
1. Isolating the story to a single location.
Most of the time this amounts to isolating or trapping multiple characters in a single location, which was already covered in Characters #3, focusing on characters in the same location.