Choice

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.

From Beemgee.com’s story creation library.

Many stories feature a character having to make a difficult choice. Sometimes a choice the character makes is the inciting incident that sets off the bulk of the story. Sometimes a moral choice will determine the pivotal central action of the character and mark a kind of point of no return. And often the story journey leads up to a crisis in the form of a dilemma or moral choice. This choice may involve the character’s fear, or the learning curve the character has gone through on the way to resolving the internal need. The choice may be an alternative to the goal the character has sought throughout. The choice represents two distinct and probably opposing value sets, thesis versus antithesis. Whatever the dilemma is, either and any choice of action must appear viable and in some way potentially beneficial to the character. In other words, the choice must be hard rather than obvious to the character.

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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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