Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
I use this law all the time when I write. It doesn’t apply to me of course – it applies to my poor unfortunate main character.
Every time I put him into a new situation I think to myself: ‘What can possibly go wrong for him here?”
“Please, please,” he begs. “Can’t I have something go my way for once?”
But where would the fun be in that? Can you imagine what a boring story that would make?
“Sorry,” I reply as he clings to the rock face by his fingernails, the sea churning beneath him. “It would be far too easy to just let you climb out of here.”
His fingers slip. He falls…
There. Get yourself out of that one!