Prized possession

I’m currently taking a writing and blogging sabbatical due to family health issues. For now, I’ll repost selected articles from my Fiction Writing School.

The following was copied from beemgee.com .

“A prized possession is something (or even someone) the character cherishes. The loss of a prized possession may set off the character’s story by establishing the goal: to get it back. Structurally, the prized possession may be another character, for instance if your character is a parent, then the child may function as prized possession. Looked at like this, a prized possession may be seen as a McGuffin. Or merely the threat of the loss of the possession may create tension by providing what is at stake. As with special abilities, if the prized possession has no function in the story, or if its actual or threatened loss plays no role, then the prized possession is redundant and should probably be scrapped.”

To read more of Beemgee’s writing craft articles click here.

Author: Richard L. Fricks

Former CPA, attorney, and lifelong wanderer. I'm now a full-time skeptic and part-time novelist. The rest of my time I spend biking, gardening, photographing, reading, writing, and encouraging others to adopt The Pencil Driven Life.

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