Being an author, there’s many scenes in my novels where the characters are “going to hell in a handbasket.” The phrase “go to hell in a handbasket” originated from the American Civil War. It basically means that doom is coming and it’s coming quickly.
When I plot my books, I create conflict and impossible situations to keep the stories moving forward and to keep the reader’s interest. How will the protagonist get herself out of this mess? What is the antagonist going to do when he’s in the middle of a battle and trapped in a dungeon? Each scene builds off the other, spiraling into a hot mess of pain and emotional stress until the characters get to the point of no return. And then it stops. This is where change occurs. This is where the characters rise and become stronger, confident, and free from the situation.
It’s something to think about when we’re going through turmoil due to our current events. We can change. We can climb once again. We can get beyond and jump out of that handbasket.