The story I'm writing works better with boredom and rebellion as the impulse for change, but to seem 'true' to current life the characters would be provoked into anxiety.
Reconciling this, I think I might be a bit out of sync with either my generation or some aspect of characterization in an important way, and I'm trying to understand it.
@aredridel Some expectations are clearly laid out-- you are supposed to be monogamous, to form a nuclear family, have a good paying job, etc.
Some expectations are more insidious-- how do you start a conversation with someone you don't like? How do you handle a confrontation? What are you supposed to do when your broke and the bill collector keeps hounding you? Few people get taught what's expected in these situations, just tossed in, sink or swim.
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