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Characters reflect real people in a purified or idealized state. And so, we can see in them qualities and traits that are hard to see within ourselves. One of the most difficult challenges we face every day are exemplified by characters in virtually every story – the inability to confidently understand “what is truth?”

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It's easy to fix a bad story, but how can you improve a good one?

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As writers, we all know that characters need drive or their actions will come across as unmotivated. But what is drive, and where does it come from?

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Story structure is not an artificial construct imposed upon fiction. Rather, it is our best attempt to describe how human beings think, feel, and interact.

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There may be a hidden danger in your plot: Missing steps your readers can fall through...

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What are archetypes? How do they differ from stereotypes? And why do we need both of them?

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How do characters and plot weave together?

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Why do characters put themselves in emotional danger?

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