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    What makes a great story? Character conflict

    What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? Character Conflict Character conflict can be interpreted in many ways. Characters can conflict with one another. Characters are met with obstacles / conflicts as they try to achieve their goal. There’s also internal character conflict. Warning: almost all of these examples include SPOILERS for the…

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    What makes a great story? High Stakes

    What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? High Stakes. Now not all high stakes are “I’m going to die, or he’s going to die.” Sometimes, they’re emotional high stakes. Romance deals significantly with emotional high stakes. But without some kind of high stakes, your story may not be as attractive to readers.…

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    What makes a great story? Misunderstandings

    What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? Misunderstandings. Warning: almost all of these examples include SPOILERS for the movie or book mentioned Examples of Misunderstandings The Mask of Zorro (another Fandom of mine!¬†After all this time blogging, I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this) A disguise is a misunderstanding all on its…