Sometimes a mistake can change one’s point of view. Getting lost and ending up in a neighborhood you’ve never seen before. Angling for a photo and snapping at the wrong time, capturing something totally unlike what you intended. Breaking a glass and scrutinizing the floor for every last bit of shine.
Our characters, in fiction, make mistakes too. In fact, the more that befalls them, the more our plots churn forward. And characters who don’t have any missteps are boring, aren’t they? They stay one-dimensional, inhuman.
So here’s a question: What accidents have befallen you—or your characters—recently? How did that experience change your perspective?