Story’s are like a gladiator gauntlet

It would be boring if contestants ran from one side of the gauntlet event to the other.

It’s much more exciting if you put giant gladiators with batons in their way.

This is what writing a story is like. Your character is on a journey to get somewhere, but meets giant man mountains obstacles on the way.

How your protagonist crushes those stinkin’ giants navigates the obstacles is the story.