Yesterday, we talked about how people project their needs and emotions onto other people, creating personas that may or may not be real.

An insecure person might consider confident people to be arrogant. An unsuccessful artist might see their peers as lucky or the beneficiaries of nepotism. Someone who likes being the center of attention might see everyone as an audience.

In yesterday’s exercise, we considered what our protagonists or important characters project onto others in your story. Today, look for ways those projections can create conflict.

Your insecure person might become more insular or bitter. Your artist may lose belief in herself or stir up gossip about someone she believes received an unfair advantage in their career. Your attention hog might find that someone who resents being a part of a captive audience.