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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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14CRAFTING A CHARACTER ARC

We’ve been talking about inner demons, which we all possess, some of us more than others. A few we conquer as we get older, a few we don’t, even with therapy. In which case we encounter divorce, career issues, and the constant ebb and flow of what we prefer to think of as life’s ups and downs.

Most of the time the people we encounter don’t know about or care about the backstory behind who we are and what we do. This, too, is real life. Which means that, for the most part, the only people in our lives who seek to understand the psychology behind our personalities and actions are our significant others, the occasional counselor or social worker, and, if things get really dark for us, the prison mental health counselor. ...

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