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Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Fiction = punishment

Fictional plots punish the protagonist. Again and again. Weaken him or her. Again and again. Force the protagonist into situations, alliances, and conflicts he or she would rather avoid. Plots are designed to whisper or shout ‘no’ or ‘get outta here,’ or ‘you’re not enough’ to the protagonist. These punishments are often tests. The outcome […]

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