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Two Approaches to Dramatizing Character Change

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As writers, we all know the tried and true formula for building protagonists. We also know that the story is driven by choices the protagonist makes and their consequences. But how does the protagonist make those decisions? How do you depict the internal struggle of choice? It is important for readers to not only recognize these transformations but also understand how the story's events affected the characters. The writer must make the implicit explicit otherwise the reader can not infer character traits or recognize a character's growth across a story. The reader must be aware of  the underlying reasons of why the character changed. Of course, there is a formula for that as well, but it is not without fault.

David Corbett goes into detail in his article below.



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