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The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

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Chapter 4

Emotions, Meaning, and Arc

I’d like to get to know you. I mean, really know you. Would you do me a favor? Please fill in this questionnaire:

Date of Birth:

Hometown:

Elementary School:

High School:

College/Major:

Occupation:

Date of Marriage:

Other Marriages:

Current Residence:

Religious Affiliation (if applicable):

Awards/Honors:

Hobbies/Interests:

Thank you! Now we’re like old friends, right? Wait, we’re not? What did I miss? Oh yeah, all the important stuff. What I didn’t ask about are the events that have shaped you into the person that you are today. I know nothing of the meaningful life events that do not appear on your resume.

To truly know you I’d have to ask questions like these:

What’s the first thing you remember making you ...

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