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Structure and Character - Excerpted with Permission from the Book "Story" - Part One

Plot or character? Which is more important? This debate is as old as the art. Aristotle weighed each side and concluded that story is primary, character secondary. His view held sway until, with the evolution of the novel, the pendulum of opinion swung the other way. By the nineteenth century, many held that structure is merely an applia... (read more)

Structure and Character - Excerpted with Permission from the Book "Story" - Part Two

Character Arc

Taking the principle further yet: The finest writing not only reveals true character, but arcs or changes that inner nature, for better or worse, over the course of the telling.

In The Verdict, protagonist Frank Galvin first appears as a Boston attorney, dres... (read more)