Sometimes You Don’t Need a Reason
I don’t know about you, but my life is pretty random. One moment I’m at my desk writing something, the next I’m being attacked by a Husky who wants my attention. Or a 4 year old.
If I take that and apply it to my writing, it means that anything that happens to my character may or may not have a greater purpose.
Ideally, it would of course. But maybe you just want to write your character with a bum leg in the next chapter. So do that. But you don’t have to spend a lot of time crafting a reason to break it.
As writers, we should definitely be considering the lofty goal of writing every word, every scene, even the names of our characters, with intense purpose. But that feels wrong sometimes, when reality says that accidents just happen.