Twenty-OneMotivating Behavior


“A person of a given character should act in a given way, by the rule either of necessity or of probability; just as this event should follow that by necessary or probable sequence.”

(Poetics, Part XV)

As we’ve seen, three of the essential qualities every effective character must possess are GOODNESS, APPROPRIATENESS, and LIKENESS. Or put another way, someone we can care about, with characteristics that serve the story, and that make them identifiably real.

If you’ve completed the assignment from the previous chapter, you’ve gone a long way to accomplishing these dictates.

Still, it’s one thing to fill out a worksheet and construct a bio, it’s another to make use of those decisions in the actual ...

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