Come up with a story by coming up with the setting first. Let the characters follow. But make them be out of their element.

Is your character a timid girl who wants to be a librarian? Find a reason for her in a place with a lot of people. Make her do a speech/performance/competition.

Is your character a brash young man who wants to be a wrestler? Put him in the military, where he must learn discipline.

(I know that I put the characters first in these examples, but what I mean for you to do is to create a place with, say, a lot of people in it. Then find a reason for a character who is out of his or her element to be there. And build your story around that.)

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