Hullo! New member here. I am currently writing about a group of characters in a story that revolves around a shared trauma but I couldn't bring myself to change one of them to shift the story forward because I don't want the character to become a plot device. I'd like to learn more about 'natural' ways to ease a character's story forward without making a needless change of character or drastic plot twist to preserve its whimsical theme. My goal is to finish the current arc in a way that things goes back to the status quo but with a hint of character growth and maybe a new perspective for me and the characters to open up the story for new possibilities. The novel is just a pastime hobby of mine but I feel guilty for leaving it as is because writing it has kept me sane for the past five years and I owe it so much for that. Thanks. PS. Is it too ambiguous? I could provide more details.