Something that stresses me and gives me panic is like having too short time to get to the train. It is not something I’ve experienced very often in real life, but more something appearing in my nightmares. I’ve been on my way on a hiking trip without equipment or on a plane with the passport left back home and things like that.
That is for me an “impassable obstacle”; I had to get around it some how, but can’t.
I wonder if this is why I always tend to have my main characters hurry and run so much in the third act.
I was working with the third act of my new project when I suddenly realized I had my impassable obstacle right in front of me: he doesn’t want to live with her; an impassable obstacle without stress and rush and hurry.
This must be a far more slow realization than the pure panic appearing when in extreme, exclusive hurry.
Quite the opposite really. Yet my instinct tells me that this is just perfect.
And by realizing where my problems with the third act comes from, there is hope to solve it.