The Story Stitch

Nothing unravels writing faster than misunderstanding story itself. Story isn’t just a great idea or interesting plot details. It’s not a beautifully written setting or even a likeable character. While these are all compelling facets of our favorite tales, the true story is the change that happens in the character’s heart during a particular slice of life.

Drafting with this stitch firmly in mind can help reduce revisions. Consider:

  • How will your character grow and change?
  • How does your character struggle to grow and change…
    • in their setting?
    • with the other characters in their world?
  • How does this struggle create the conflicts [plot events] that move their growth forward?

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