AUTHORS: on balancing personal struggles with action in creative writing

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

girl-in-black-clothes---balancing-1189552-mMy last post about 5 psychological struggles that can enhance good plot was one of my best received ever; because of that, I wanted to follow up with a reflection on how those useful, real, and powerful personal demons characters face can turn against an author.

EMOTIONAL STRUGGLE AND BALANCE

It’s true that our characters might struggle for redemption, or to forgive someone. We all find it difficult to let go of the past, even when we know that letting go and leaving the past behind will be to our benefit. None of us likes to face our fears, or make a difficult choice between two equally wonderful or terrible options. None of us LIKES to sacrifice.

And yet we do these things, because we know that’s what life is truly about: change, and growth. We sacrifice for those we love because love means putting others first. Our characters will…

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