January 18, 2008, Newsletter Issue #145: Situation and Character

Tip of the Week

Plots should unfold because something within a character has caused him to act. Think about real life: your life story unfolds as it does because it is a combination of the situations you find yourself in and the choices you make within these situations. The same is true, or SHOULD be true, of your characters. Donīt lock them into a pre-determined plot. It wonīt work out. Be flexible with the chain of events in your story or novel. There are a million directions your character can take it!!

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