A great article by Donald Mass. He’s one of my favorite Craft guys. Anyways forcing me to think harder about what I’m writing, and since I’m in the depths of the 3rd rewrite of my current manuscript, this was a great reminder about what makes compelling character, and therefore, compelling story.

“The surest way to stir emotion in readers can be summed up in one word: change.

Change is a universal experience.  We’ve all gone through it.  We cannot avoid it.  The passages of life guarantee it.  Change is necessary, difficult, wrenching and individual.  When a character in a story changes we each recall the emotional earthquakes of our own lives.  We feel for characters, or so we say.  We’re really feeling for ourselves.”

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