A writing exercise I’ve often seen is to plan out your story scene by scene. Once you’re done, take each scene and add a twist.
You can do the same thing planning your sessions’ encounters. You never truly know how one will end, but you can add a twist to a few to spice things up a tad.
It might be an environmental hazard, a reinforcement wave, or an unexpected ability. Or you can do a story twist … bonus points if you relate it to a character’s backstory.
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Now get out there and tell a story!