I’ve been watching that Subtext video on writing the MC signposts and there was mention of signpost 1 being a dilemma. I too am working on a Change story, so I wanted to know if all the signposts have to be dilemmas or maybe just the first one, or is it enough to just illustrate a signpost as a problem?
The one I’m working on goes “MC conceives of a happy life as having a job and a family that make him feel useful, but can’t concieve of ever getting those things without job and social skills, so he wallows in depression instead of trying to work around his limitations.”
I figure that counts as a problem because Conceptualizing is leading to wallowing, but I’m not sure that’s any kind of dilemma since it’s not a choice between two things.
Edit: I guess a dilemma of Conceptualizing might look like “conceiving of a happy life as one sheltered from risks and pain, but also one of adventure”-- those concepts contradict each other and force a choice. Does that sound right? I think that could drive some conflict.