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Creative Writing by Casey Clabough

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CHAPTER9

Plot/Story, Struggle, and Connections

In This Chapter

  • Your hero’s journey
  • Creating power struggles
  • Making character connections
  • Dealing with disconnections

Many creative writing teachers are fond of maintaining there are only two types of stories: “someone went on a journey” or “a stranger arrived in town.” Regardless of the particulars—in this case, the journey and the town—stories must contain conflicts and at least a little reconciliation. When various phenomena (cultures, generations, genders, hoods) encounter each other, conflict is bound to occur. Likewise, when human beings make connections, some form of love and understanding ...

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