I found Colin thanks to the whims of social media algorithms, which showed me a post about his fantasy and science fiction masterclass ten days too late for me to attend. I left a comment lamenting the missed opportunity, and Colin was kind enough to let me know he'd be teaching further classes. I've been stagnant in my writing for a couple of years and lacking hope or motivation to do anything about it, so I told myself I didn't have time to attend and took weeks to respond. Colin didn't forget about me. He messaged me to ask how my writing was going and if he could help. I admitted I was stalled and putting it on the back burner. I expected him to just tell me when his next class was. Instead, he asked me to share my current idea so he could provide some quick tips to help me. I gave my elevator pitch and my struggle to decide on an external conflict. Colin spent about an hour asking me insightful questions about my story world, its culture and history, and suggesting potential conflicts I could weave using those elements. He had an amazing ability to spark several possibilities from each idea I was considering, and yet I never felt like he was taking over my story. After one conversation, I finally feel like I have something to work with and enjoy exploring my story again.